Swapna Barman takes gold: Asian Games heptathlon

Jakarta [Indonesia], August 30: Indian athlete Swapna Barman on Wednesday struck a gold medal in women’s Heptathlon Athletics event at the ongoing 18th edition of the Asian Games.

The 21-year-old accumulated a total of 6026 points to finish on top of the podium in the final of the event.

While Chinese athlete Qingling Wang won a silver medal with a point tally of 5954, Yuki Yamasaki of Japan settled for bronze with a score of 5873 points.

India’s total medal tally at the prestigious tournament now stands at 54-eleven gold, 20 silver, and 23 bronze.

Swapna Barman is the daughter of a poor rickshaw puller, who has been bed-ridden after a stroke. Swapna herself was battling pain due to a tooth infection during the event.