Heptathlon, believed to be the toughest event of the Asian Games, opined the sports person-cum- Cabinet Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore. And India’s Swapna Burman made it. Her dedication, determination makes her the ‘Gold Girl’ of this event, ‘Queen of Heptathlon.
Standing ovation for you- Rathore tweeted. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also congratulated Burman saying that, ‘you made Bengal and India proud.’ The historical win touched the Prime Minister Narendra Modi also. ‘India is proud for you Swapna,’ said the Prime Minister.
Heptathlon is really the toughest event. Here the participant has to go through seven different games. Before Swapna, no other Indian has won gold in this event, only Soma Biswas won Silver in 2002. “Finally I am satisfied. I missed gold for very few points. And today Swapna did it for me. Take a bow,” greeted Soma.
Swapna’s win was almost sure when she did fantastic in Javelin throw and in high Jump events. Even Swapna observed that she was very much confident after her Javelin throw.
Swapna Burman hails from Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. She left her home and came to SAI in 2011. Her struggling story would undoubtedly inspire the youth. She lives in a rented house with her family. Her father is unable to work due to health condition, and her mother left the job in the tea garden long time back to support her husband.
Swapna’s coach Subhash Sarkar was very happy and proud for her. He congratulated Swapna and at the same time he thanked SAI and Rahul Dravid’s foundation GO Sports for their support. According to Subhash, it was not possible for us to bear the huge expenses for the event.
On the other hand, Swapna dedicated this gold to her parents and coach. “It was possible only because of my coach. From 2011 till date he was with me every time”, said Swapna. Now she wants to move ahead. Her eyes are now on the Tokyo Olympic, but before that, she needs to undergo some treatments in Mumbai. After that, she would again start dreaming for the next and would make it happen.