12 Toes, Bandaged Jaw, And Indomitable Spirit – Swapna Barman Scripts History
The Logical Indian Crew India
August 30th, 2018 / 4:25 PM
Image Credits: India.com
The heptathlon is a seven-event contest which comprises 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m on day one and long jump, javelin, 800m on day two. On the end of day one, India’s Swapna Barman was trailing China’s Wang Qingling. Swapna was also fighting a gum infection and even considered pulling out from the event.
However, the next day 21-year-old Swapna scripted history by winning India’s first heptathlon gold in the Asian Games. A triumphant victory in which even The Logical Indian community members had a small part to play.
By winning this gold medal, I have achieved my dreams and fulfilled my coach's hopes. I was injured but I practised a lot to fulfil the hopes of my loved ones: Swapna Barman after winning gold in Women's Heptathlon at #AsianGames pic.twitter.com/Lp2MMUt9Q6
— ANI (@ANI) August 29, 2018
12-toed athlete rose above challenges
Swapna comes from a difficult background. Her father who worked as a rickshaw puller has been bedridden after reportedly suffering two strokes. Her mother works as a maid and a tea-picker, as reported by The Times Of India. Swapna hails from Jalpaiguri in North Bengal and her family’s financial constraints hampered her dreams but she never complained. Today, her family members rejoice, knowing that all their sacrifice has paid off.
Family members of Swapna Barman celebrate at their residence in Jalpaiguri after she won gold medal in Women's Heptathlon at #AsianGames. Her mother says,"We're very happy. Me & Swapna's dad toiled hard to help her in her journey. Today all our dreams came true." #WestBengal pic.twitter.com/oXMvTwornT
— ANI (@ANI) August 29, 2018
Born with six toes on each foot, she found it difficult and painful to adjust to normal sports shoes. In the last edition of the Asian Games in South Korea, she struggled to perform at her best because none of the footwear would fit her perfectly.
The Logical Indian take
An excerpt from our 2014 article read, “Pain is a big hurdle in her sports, and she is from a very poor family to have any special footwear made. But if we all decide not to let her pain bring her down from achieving the heights in sports and making India proud, we can gift her ‘the dream’ to play without pain and bring medals for India in 2018 Asian Games.”
Four years later, with a bandaged jaw, custom-made shoes and her indomitable spirit, she became the first Indian woman to win gold in the heptathlon event at the Asian Games 2018. Today, Swapna has risen above challenges but there are many more potential medal winners in our country who need just a little bit of our support to make India proud.
We congratulate Swapna and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.
Written by : Abhinav Joshi
Edited by : Abhinav Joshi