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Swapna Barman wins India’s first gold medal in Heptathlon Athletics in Asian Games

Indian athlete Swapna Barman (21) won gold medal in women’s Heptathlon Athletics event at 18th edition of Asian Games held in Jakarta-Palembang in Indonesia. She accumulated total of 6026 points to finish on top of podium in the final of the event. With this, she became first Indian to win gold medal in heptathlete event in Asian Games.  Qingling Wang from China won silver medal with a point tally of 5954 and Yuki Yamasaki of Japan won bronze medal with a score of 5873 points.


It is seven-event contest which covers range of track and field events and is spread over two days. The first day comprises 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m, while day two has long jump, javelin and 800m.

Swapna Barman

She hails from Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. Her father works as van rickshaw puller and her mother works as labourer in tea estate. She is supported by GoSports Foundation through Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme. She has six toes on each of her foot.

Medals won

Gold medal: 2017 Bhubaneswar Asian Championships

Gold medal: 2017 New Delhi Federation cup.

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Arpinder Singh wins gold medal in Men’s Triple Jump event at 2018 Asian Games

India’s Arpinder Singh (25) won gold medal in Men’s Triple Jump event at 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. He lodged best jump of 16.77m in third attempt to win gold medal. Ruslan Kurbanov of Uzbekistan won silver medal with best jump of 16.62m while Shuo Cao of China was third with an effort of 16.56m. With this, Arpinder Singh became first Indian in 48 years to win gold in men’s triple jump at the Asian Games. India’s last Asian Games gold medal in men’s triple jump had come in 1970 from Mohinder Singh Gill.

Arpinder Singh

He hails from Punjab. He had last won medal in a multi-sporting event in 2014 when he had won bronze medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He had finished fifth in 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

Medals won

Bronze medal: 2013 Pune Asian Championships

Bronze medal:  2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Gold medal: 2017 Ashgabat Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

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