Swapna Barman became the first gold medal winner of the Asian Games in the history of India in heptathlon. © PTI
The main minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, announced on Thursday a cash prize of 10 lakh rupees and a government post for Swapna Barman, who is the first winner of the Asian Games gold medal in heptathlon in India . "The State Minister of Tourism, Gautam Deb, visited the house of Swapna (in Jalpaiguri) and had his mother (Basona Devi) speak with the CM They have announced a cash reward of 10 lakh rupees and government work for Swapna, Secretary of the West Bengal Athletic Association Kamal Maitra told IANS.
The state Athletic Association is also planning a greeting ceremony when the 21-year-old returns around September 4.
Swapna wrote the story in Jakarta on Wednesday when he achieved his personal best score of 6026 points in the seven-event competition to win India a first heptathlon gold at the Asian Games.
The golden girl challenged the physical and financial probabilities to reach the pinnacle. Swapna's father, Panchanan Barman was a rickshaw shooter, but has been bedridden in recent years due to old age problems.
Swapna often had difficulty finding the right competition shoes that would suit her since she was born with six fingers on both feet.
The extra width of your feet makes the landing painful and the shoes wear out quickly.
Swapna had finished fifth with a total of 5,178 points in her Asian Games debut four years ago at Incheon when she was a teenager.
She excelled in the Asian track and field championship last year, where she bagged the gold.
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