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Photo Gallery: Heptathlete Swapna Barman celebrates after winning Gold at Asian Games

Zee Media Bureau | Aug 29, 2018, 23:45 PM IST
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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.

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Barman, who has six toes in both her feet, battled a severe toothache during her event and competed with a tape on her right cheek. Still, she produced her career-best performance by logging 6026 aggregate points from the seven events.

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Before Barman, only Bengal's Soma Biswas and Karnataka's J J Shobha and Pramila Aiyappa had returned with a medal from the Asian Games. Biswas and Shobha had finished two-three at both Busan Asian Games (2002) and the Doha Games (2006), while Pramila had won a bronze at the 2010 Guangzhou edition.

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Indian athlete Swapna Barman celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's Heptathlon event at the 18th Asian Games.

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Indian athlete Swapna Barman celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's Heptathlon event at the 18th Asian Games.

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Indian athlete Swapna Barman celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's Heptathlon event at the 18th Asian Games.

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Indian athlete Swapna Barman celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's Heptathlon event at the 18th Asian Games.

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