Despite an injury, India’s 21-year-old Wonder Woman Swapna Barman scripted history as she became the first-ever Indian Heptathlete to win a gold at the Asian Games. Barman produced the best performance of her career as she aggregated 6026 points from seven events spread over two days.
Swapna was ahead of China’s Wang Qingling at the end of the penultimate event, the javelin throw, which was completed on Tuesday. Swapna’s triumph in the women’s heptathlon is the first-ever gold for India in the event at the Asiad. Swapna posted a score of 6026 points.
But not many people know that Swapna’s gold winning journey has a connection Indian cricketing legend Rahul Dravid. It was the financial support and mentorship that Swapna, along with other 19 athletes, received through the association between Go Sports and Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme that played its role in the 21-year-old winning the Heptathlon Gold in Indonesia.
Another Indian in the fray, Purnima Hembram was 18 points behind Japan’s Yuki Yamasaki going into the 800m run. She finshed just ahead of Barman in the 800m run and overall fourth with 5837 points. Qingling (5954) won the silver and Yamasaki the bronze with 5873 points.