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Winning On 12 Toes: Swapna Barman's Journey To Gold

Dec 03, 2018 07:41 PM IST India India

India’s first ever heptathlon champion at the Asian Games, Swapna Barman made history when she beat the odds to become the first Indian woman to win an Asian Games gold. She did so with a bandaged chin and severe toothache. But that wasn't all. The hardships Barman faced, having being born with an extra finger in each of her feet and enduring hurdles throughout her career, make her victory even more special. "My father was a rickshaw puller who became a mechanic. Often, I would accompany him to work and fix cycles. My mother worked in a tea plantation -- we’ve had a simple and happy childhood. I knew from very early on that I wanted to work hard and get a good job...that’s actually how I got into playing sports."
Barman, however, had a different goal while getting into sports.