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Asian Games 2018: Swapna Barman wins India’s first ever gold in heptathlon

first_imgSwapna Barman clinched India’s first-ever heptathlon gold on Wednesday at Asian Games 2018.Barman clinched the yellow metal with a total of 6026 points in seven events. The heptathlon consists of seven events including 100m race, high jump, shot put, 200m race, long jump, javenlin throw and 800m race.The silver medal went to China’s Wang Qingling, who scored 5954 points and finished 72 points behind Barman. Japan’s Yuki Yamasaki took home the bronze medal with 5873 points.India’s Purnima Hembram finished fourth in the event with 5837 points.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSEn route the title, she won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).Her weakest events were 100m (981 points, 5th position) and 200m in which she finished seventh with 790 points.Going into the 800m run, the last of the seven-event competition, Barman was leading China’s Qingling Wang by 64 points. She needed a good run in the concluding event, in which she eventually finished fourth.#SwapnaBarman wins first ever GOLD MEDAL for #India in #Heptathlon at #AsianGames & she is only the Fifth Women to cross 6000 points! And she did all this fighting great pain for last three days! Salute!Congrats #TeamIndiaAthletics for 5th Gold in #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/ukMN08HDEKAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 29, 2018It was the same event after which she had collapsed during the Asian Athletics Championship last year in Bhubaneswar but despite finishing fourth today, she emerged a champion.Asian Games 2018, Day 11: Live UpdatesadvertisementBefore 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 Guangzhou edition.India now have 54 medals in total – 11 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze – and are placed 9th in the medals tally.last_img

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