The steady rise of Indian heptathlete Swapna Barman


The steady rise of Indian heptathlete Swapna Barman

She struck gold at the Asian Games 2018

By Binoo K John  December 6th, 2018

As a heptathlete, Swapna has to complete seven track and field events—throwing, jumping, running, hurdling—over two days. It is a test of physical endurance for any athlete but more so for the Jalpaiguri, West Bengal-native who has six toes on each feet that she painfully stuffs into her shoes. At the Asian Games, she had to additionally contend with an excruciating toothache, too. But she endured and won gold, becoming the first Indian heptathlete to do so. Now, Swapna, who is endorsed by adidas, has seven pairs of customised shoes. Which only means that she will be once and for all, invincible.

 
 
 
 
 

Photograph: Neal Bhaumik
Styling: Akshita Singh
Hair and make-up: Mainak Das

From left: Polyester sports bra, Barman’s own. Net stockings, Lycra shorts; both stylist’s own. Leather sneakers, Rs.12,500, adidas Polyester and viscose jacket, Rs. 21,500, Dhruv Kapoor Polyester swimsuit, Rs. 5,500, Flirtatious