Arjuna Award winner Swapna Barman brought a silver medal for India in the women’s heptathlon on the fourth day of the Asian Athletics Championships 2023 (Saturday, 15 July) in Bangkok (Thailand).
In the women’s heptathlon event, 26-year-old Barman earned 5840 points which secured her place in the second position to clinch the silver medal. It was her season-best performance that brought her third medal in the Asian Athletics Championships.
Barman lost the gold medal battle to the Uzbekistani Ekaterina Voronina, who accumulated 6098 points.
Japanese Yuki Yamasaki managed to earn 5696 points to claim the bronze medal in that heptathlon event.
Who is Swapna Barman?
Swapna Barman won the gold medal (5942 points) in the heptathlon at the Asian Athletics Championships 2017. In the 2019 edition, she had another podium finish with a silver medal (5993 points).
In the Asian Games 2018, Barman won the gold medal in the heptathlon.
Last February, during the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships 2023, Barman won her first indoor medal in an international event as she bagged a silver medal in the women’s pentathlon with a national record (4119 points).
In 2019, Barman was honoured with the Arjuna Award, the second-highest sporting honour in India.
In the Asian U20 Athletics Championships 2014, Barman secured a silver medal in the heptathlon.