The 21-year-old Swapna Barman who hails from West Bengal created a history as no Indian in the history of heptathlon had won gold before her, she became the first Indian to win a gold in the heptathlon at Asian Games.
She produced the best performance of her career as she got overall 6026 points from seven events spread over two days, she started writhing from tooth pain, forcing her to compete with a medicated tape covering her right jaw.
“I had severe pain in my right jaw and couldn’t take medication because of the stringent anti-doping rules. I told myself that if I have to win, I’ll have to forget the pain. I was also nursing a right-knee injury and that too was troubling me,” said Swapna.
Her discomfort was clearly visible during the shot put event when she was seen regularly feeling her cheek.