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An unknown face before the Asian Games, the Jalpaiguri heptathlete became a star overnight after she battled toothache and back pain to become the first Indian to win a heptathlon gold in Jakarta.
Born with six toes in both her feet, Swapna's plight came to light only after she became the first Indian athlete to win an Asiad gold in heptathlon.
Swapna, who became the first Indian heptathlete to win a gold in the Asian Games, had been facing back problems since the 2017 Asian Championships.
The incident occurred Saturday evening at Noapara locality in Sadar block of the district when she was going to visit an ailing relative, police said.
Barman collected 6026 points, her career best, to win the gold. Her earlier best total from the seven events was 5942. The national record of 6211 still stands in the name of J J Sobha since 2004.
India's 69-medal haul -15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze - at this edition of the included medals that surpassed the medal count from 2010 Guangzhou Games.
Learning about her plight, ICF General Manager S Mani, instructed the Sports Branch to immediately arrange to get the custom-made shoes and ensure that they reach Barman at the earliest.
Swapna Barman's is easily one of the most fascinating stories to have come out of the continental mega event.
Mamata Banerjee said Barman would be felicitated by the state in Darjeeling if she returns home by September 3.
However, behind Swapna's success, lies the support and sacrifice of her family which stood solidly beside her despite all odds, foremost among them being her mother Basana Barman.
Once she has rested and recovered, Barman plans to target the Indian national record of 6,211 points, set by JJ Shobha 14 years ago.
Media from across the country have been calling but the Barman family is still waiting to hear from the country’s newest golden girl.
Swapna was born with six toes on each foot, meaning she had to wear customised shoes — something she could not afford. All her life, she has trained in pain thanks to shoes that weren’t an ideal fit.
A little after 5.52 pm IST on Wednesday, Swapna was extremely delighted that she went through with the whole charade. She had just become the first Indian to win heptathlon gold at the Asian Games.
Soon after Swapna scripted history by clinching the gold at the 18th edition of the continental meet in Jakarta, people rushed outdoor, sweets were distributed.