Wonder Woman Swapna Barman’s Win in Seven Photos

Swapna Barman brings India its first-ever gold in Heptathlon at the Asian Games. 

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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. She achieved the feat with a taped right cheek and ill-fitted shoes.

Barman was born with 12 toes which makes it near impossible for her to wear standard competition footwear.

I have been having this pain ever since I started competing. I make do with normal five-toed shoes but it makes me severely uncomfortable.
Swapna Barman to PTI

Here’s is a re-look at the Heptathlete in photos:

Overcame Hurdles Despite all Odds

Swapna Barman’s 100m hurdle race. 
Swapna Barman’s 100m hurdle race. 
(Photo: AP) 

And Inched Closer to Victory

Swapna Barman’s High Jump. 
Swapna Barman’s High Jump. 
(Photo: AP) 

With a Clear Eye on the Target

Swapna Barman’s Javelin throw
Swapna Barman’s Javelin throw
(Photo: AP) 

And Minor Disappointments

Swapna in pain just after her Short put attempt and finished second-best. 
Swapna in pain just after her Short put attempt and finished second-best. 
(Photo: AP) 

She Took the Last Plunge...

Swapna Barman just prepping for the 200m race. 
Swapna Barman just prepping for the 200m race. 
(Photo: AP) 

And Emerged Victorious!

And the final 800m victory race!
And the final 800m victory race!
(Photo: AP) 

Congratulations to the Star!

More power to you Swapna
More power to you Swapna
(Photo: AP) 

PM Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tweeted congratulatory messages to the star almost immediately after she conquered the world.

Here’s to many more golds to this Jalpaiguri star and to many more Indian women!

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