It was a fairytale ending for heptathelte Swapna Barman and her family on August 29. She had deservedly won the gold medal in Asian Games 2018. It was not just other athletes she competed with. She was battling a horrible toothache and running in uncomfortable shoes for her twelve-toed feet.
Despite all odds, she managed to win a gold medal on National Sports Day celebrated on Hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand’s 113th birth anniversary.
Swapna hails from a poor family from Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. Her father is a rickshaw puller and her mother is a tea picker. Despite hardships, she was backed by her family to follow her dreams at a young age.
Though the 21-year-old has suffered injuries of all sorts in her career till now, the most prominent one still remains to find a pair of shoes for her twelve-toed feet.
On August 29, her family assembled together to watch her compete in Asian Games 2018. As Swapna created history, her mother burst into tears of joy. She got up and hurried to the family temple to thank the almighty for answering her prayers.
The video of her lying down stretched out on the floor has gone viral on the internet. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was among others who were moved by the video of Swapna’s mother:
Have become an even bigger admirer of Swapna Barmam after coming to know of the struggles she had to go through. 6 toes in each leg, bandaged jaw, father a rickshaw puller and countless struggles. This is her mother watching her win the Gold on television, thanking the almighty pic.twitter.com/GNBVPw1kDO
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 30, 2018
When Heptathlete #SwapnaBarman‘s family was watching their daughter win #Gold for #India. Reaction of her mother is priceless. She fought hard against all odds – 12 toes, non customised shoes n bad toothache n came out as winner! #AsianGames2018 #GoForGold #Athletics pic.twitter.com/vWRRXUM56y
— Santanu Choudhury (@JournoSanta) August 31, 2018
These moments are priceless……When Heptathlete Swapna Barman’s family was watching their daughter win Gold for India. Reaction of her mother is priceless. This is the story of India.She is from patkata village near Jalpaiguri ( source Wassup) pic.twitter.com/8kEndHyknX
— debapriya b (@debapriya09) August 31, 2018
— Dr.Maheshwar.Dutt (@Dr_M_Dutt) August 31, 2018
Mother’s love is boundless. It’s like we mothers have won if our kids are successful. Proud of Heptathlete Swapna Barman for winning Gold for India.
— Dr Neelam Tewari (@neelamtewari) August 31, 2018
@koikasarnahi @Ra_THORe This is the most beautiful moment for a very special family in India. This is the mother of swapna barman our heptathlon champion after she won the gold. The nation celebrates with you! pic.twitter.com/0m6htSFAoG
— Uma Nazre (@NazreUma) August 31, 2018
Im so overwhelmed to see such a video! Heptathlete Swapna Barman’s mother goes to thank the eternal mother Godess Kaali! Yes, It is Bharat and it is our culture!
— ViratHindu (@AnnadaListens) August 30, 2018