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. The golden girl defied physical and financial odds to reach the pinnacle. Swapna's father, Panchanan Barman was a rickshaw puller but has been bedridden for the last few years due to old age problems. Swapna often had a tough time finding the right competition shoes that would fit her as she was born with six toes in both feet. The extra width of her feet makes landing painful and shoes wear out quickly. 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. Swapna had finished fifth with a total of 5178 points on debut at the Asian Games four years ago in Incheon as a teenager. She sparkled at the Asian Athletics championships last year, where she bagged the gold.
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