Jakarta: Swapna Barman clinched India’s first-ever heptathlon gold today at Asian Games 2018.
Barman clinched the gold with a total of 6026 points in seven events. The heptathlon consists of seven events including 100m race, high jump, shot put, 200m race, long jump, javenlin throw and 800m race.
The silver medal went to China’s Wang Qingling, who scored 5954 points and finished 72 points behind Barman. Japan’s Yuki Yamasaki took home the bronze medal with 5873 points.
India’s Purnima Hembram finished fourth in the event with 5837 points.En route the title, she won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).
Her weakest events were 100m (981 points, 5th position) and 200m in which she finished seventh with 790 points.
Going into the 800m run, the last of the seven-event competition, Barman was leading China’s Qingling Wang by 64 points. She needed a good run in the concluding event, in which she eventually finished fourth.
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