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Indian heptathlon star Swapna Barman is set to finally race pain-free as Adidas and Friday, are set to combine and create a special pair of shoes for the 2018 Asian Games gold medallist.

Swapna Barman is an Indian and more importantly an incredible athlete for her country, winning gold medals at the 2017 Asian Athletic Championships and 2018 Asian games. Not only that the 21-year-old is one of India’s best in heptathlon but as she has recently revealed she hasn’t had a pain free run or even walk since she was born.

Like few people in the world, Swapna Barman is born with 12 toes, six on each foot but despite that she races in regular shoes. However, as anyone with 12 toes knows, is a very tough thing to do as regular shoes aren’t wide enough to accommodate the width of an extra toe. This leads to multiple injuries and for someone like Barman, it means constantly competing in pain which has led to multiple problems for her including a bulging disk and consistent ankle issues.
But despite that, the 21-year-old has still been one of India’s top athletes and even went on to win a gold medal despite collapsing in the heptathlon’s final race, the 800 meters. “Right from the time I was a kid, I’ve never been able to find a pair that fits me,” she recently revealed. “When I run in shoes, it hurts. When I wear spikes, it is even more painful.”
Things may be getting better very soon though, for Barman as Adidas and Friday (the government-backed Sports of Authority of India) have revealed that together they are working to create a new and special pair of shoes for the Heptathlon star. “After coming to know about Swapna’s case, the Sports Minister immediately directed us from Jakarta [site of the Asian Games] to get customized shoes made for her. We have taken up the matter with Adidas, and they have agreed to provide the footwear,” revealed General Neelam Kapur.
However, despite her pain, Swapna Barman hasn’t stopped competing in an event which consists of a 100-meter hurdle, 200 meters, 800 meters, shot put, high jump, long jump and javelin. “Yes, I have 12 toes. Yes, I faced challenges. But, no, this is not a ‘struggle’ story — my life has been happy, and every day I thank God for giving me so much,” she said. “I’m coming for you, Olympics — this girl has her eye on another gold for India!”

Author’s take:

This is fantastic news not only for Swapna Barman but also for multiple other Indian athletes. While the 21-year-old heptathlon star will definitely find it easier to compete in the near future, it also at the same time shows that the government cares about its athletes and are willing to move mountains for them.

Indian heptathlon star Swapna Barman is set to finally race pain-free as Adidas and Friday, are set to combine and create a special pair of shoes for the 2018 Asian Games gold medallist.

Swapna Barman is an Indian and more importantly an incredible athlete for her country, winning gold medals at the 2017 Asian Athletic Championships and 2018 Asian games. Not only that the 21-year-old is one of India’s best in heptathlon but as she has recently revealed she hasn’t had a pain free run or even walk since she was born.

Like few people in the world, Swapna Barman is born with 12 toes, six on each foot but despite that she races in regular shoes. However, as anyone with 12 toes knows, is a very tough thing to do as regular shoes aren’t wide enough to accommodate the width of an extra toe. This leads to multiple injuries and for someone like Barman, it means constantly competing in pain which has led to multiple problems for her including a bulging disk and consistent ankle issues.
But despite that, the 21-year-old has still been one of India’s top athletes and even went on to win a gold medal despite collapsing in the heptathlon’s final race, the 800 meters. “Right from the time I was a kid, I’ve never been able to find a pair that fits me,” she recently revealed. “When I run in shoes, it hurts. When I wear spikes, it is even more painful.”
Things may be getting better very soon though, for Barman as Adidas and Friday (the government-backed Sports of Authority of India) have revealed that together they are working to create a new and special pair of shoes for the Heptathlon star. “After coming to know about Swapna’s case, the Sports Minister immediately directed us from Jakarta [site of the Asian Games] to get customized shoes made for her. We have taken up the matter with Adidas, and they have agreed to provide the footwear,” revealed General Neelam Kapur.
However, despite her pain, Swapna Barman hasn’t stopped competing in an event which consists of a 100-meter hurdle, 200 meters, 800 meters, shot put, high jump, long jump and javelin. “Yes, I have 12 toes. Yes, I faced challenges. But, no, this is not a ‘struggle’ story — my life has been happy, and every day I thank God for giving me so much,” she said. “I’m coming for you, Olympics — this girl has her eye on another gold for India!”

Author’s take:

This is fantastic news not only for Swapna Barman but also for multiple other Indian athletes. While the 21-year-old heptathlon star will definitely find it easier to compete in the near future, it also at the same time shows that the government cares about its athletes and are willing to move mountains for them.

Indian heptathlon star Swapna Barman is set to finally race pain-free as Adidas and Friday, are set to combine and create a special pair of shoes for the 2018 Asian Games gold medallist.

Swapna Barman is an Indian and more importantly an incredible athlete for her country, winning gold medals at the 2017 Asian Athletic Championships and 2018 Asian games. Not only that the 21-year-old is one of India’s best in heptathlon but as she has recently revealed she hasn’t had a pain free run or even walk since she was born.

Like few people in the world, Swapna Barman is born with 12 toes, six on each foot but despite that she races in regular shoes. However, as anyone with 12 toes knows, is a very tough thing to do as regular shoes aren’t wide enough to accommodate the width of an extra toe. This leads to multiple injuries and for someone like Barman, it means constantly competing in pain which has led to multiple problems for her including a bulging disk and consistent ankle issues.
But despite that, the 21-year-old has still been one of India’s top athletes and even went on to win a gold medal despite collapsing in the heptathlon’s final race, the 800 meters. “Right from the time I was a kid, I’ve never been able to find a pair that fits me,” she recently revealed. “When I run in shoes, it hurts. When I wear spikes, it is even more painful.”
Things may be getting better very soon though, for Barman as Adidas and Friday (the government-backed Sports of Authority of India) have revealed that together they are working to create a new and special pair of shoes for the Heptathlon star. “After coming to know about Swapna’s case, the Sports Minister immediately directed us from Jakarta [site of the Asian Games] to get customized shoes made for her. We have taken up the matter with Adidas, and they have agreed to provide the footwear,” revealed General Neelam Kapur.
However, despite her pain, Swapna Barman hasn’t stopped competing in an event which consists of a 100-meter hurdle, 200 meters, 800 meters, shot put, high jump, long jump and javelin. “Yes, I have 12 toes. Yes, I faced challenges. But, no, this is not a ‘struggle’ story — my life has been happy, and every day I thank God for giving me so much,” she said. “I’m coming for you, Olympics — this girl has her eye on another gold for India!”

Author’s take:

This is fantastic news not only for Swapna Barman but also for multiple other Indian athletes. While the 21-year-old heptathlon star will definitely find it easier to compete in the near future, it also at the same time shows that the government cares about its athletes and are willing to move mountains for them.

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