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In Pics | These athletes overcame the odds to win more than just medals

Swapna Barman battled through the discomfort of having six toes on both feet and a tooth infection to win gold at the 2018 Asian Games. Here’s a look at athletes who have had to overcome various adversities.

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Swapna Barman (Women’s Heptathlon) | Swapna not only suffered from a tooth infection but also constantly faces discomfort due to the six toes on both her feet which makes it difficult to find the right shoes to participate in competitions. She competed with a tape on her right cheek to lessen the pain from her tooth and ignored the pain in her feet as she collected 6026 points to win gold in the women’s heptathlon at the 2018 Asian Games. (Image - Reuters)
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Swapna Barman (Women’s Heptathlon) | Swapna not only suffered from a tooth infection but also constantly faces discomfort due to the six toes on both her feet which makes it difficult to find the right shoes to participate in competitions. She competed with a tape on her right cheek to lessen the pain from her tooth and ignored the pain in her feet as she collected 6026 points to win gold in the women’s heptathlon at the 2018 Asian Games. (Image - Reuters)

Manjit Singh (Men’s 800m) | Manjit wasn’t offered a contract extension in 2016 as his previous employer, ONGC, felt that he was too old to improve on his past performances. Not one to give up on his dreams, Manjit continued to work hard and at this year’s Asian Games, the 29-year-old raced past his compatriot and national record holder to win gold in the men’s 800m event. What’s even more stunning is that Manjit recorded his personal best time of 1 minute and 46.15 seconds to win the medal. (Image - Reuters)
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Manjit Singh (Men’s 800m) | Manjit wasn’t offered a contract extension in 2016 as his previous employer, ONGC, felt that he was too old to improve on his past performances. Not one to give up on his dreams, Manjit continued to work hard and at this year’s Asian Games, the 29-year-old raced past his compatriot and national record holder to win gold in the men’s 800m event. What’s even more stunning is that Manjit recorded his personal best time of 1 minute and 46.15 seconds to win the medal. (Image - Reuters)

Dutee Chand (Women’s 100m & 200m) | After winning silver in the women’s 100m and 200m events at the 2010 Asian Games. Dutee was banned from participating in the 2014 edition due to the hyperandrogenism policy of the International Athletics Federation. The policy was used to exclude women athletes from competing on the grounds that women with hyperandrogenism would hold an unfair advantage. Dutee went up against the controversial rule and after winning her appeal against the policy before the Court of Arbitration for Sports, she returned to the games to win the silver medal in the women’s 200m event. (Image - Reuters)
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Dutee Chand (Women’s 100m & 200m) | After winning silver in the women’s 100m and 200m events at the 2010 Asian Games. Dutee was banned from participating in the 2014 edition due to the hyperandrogenism policy of the International Athletics Federation. The policy was used to exclude women athletes from competing on the grounds that women with hyperandrogenism would hold an unfair advantage. Dutee went up against the controversial rule and after winning her appeal against the policy before the Court of Arbitration for Sports, she returned to the games to win the silver medal in the women’s 200m event. (Image - Reuters)

Saurabh Chaudhary (10m Air Pistol) | Despite his humble beginnings, 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary became only the fifth Indian shooter to win gold at the Asian Games when he bagged gold in the 10m air pistol finals. Saurabh hails from a remote village called Kalina in Uttar Pradesh and is a Class 11 student who only took up shooting 3 years back. He honed his skills at Amit Sheoran's academy which is 53 kilometres from Kalina and would often travel back home to help his father in the farming business. (Image - Reuters)
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Saurabh Chaudhary (10m Air Pistol) | Despite his humble beginnings, 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary became only the fifth Indian shooter to win gold at the Asian Games when he bagged gold in the 10m air pistol finals. Saurabh hails from a remote village called Kalina in Uttar Pradesh and is a Class 11 student who only took up shooting 3 years back. He honed his skills at Amit Sheoran's academy which is 53 kilometres from Kalina and would often travel back home to help his father in the farming business. (Image - Reuters)

Hima Das (Women’s 4x400m Relay, Mixed Relay, 400m) | 18-year-old Hima Das is the daughter of a rice farmer hailing from Dhing village in Assam. She started off by playing football with boys in mud pits next to the rice fields and was advised by a local coach to take up athletics. She was soon spotted during an inter-district meet and was asked to shift to Guwahati which is 140 km away from her home to pursue a future in athletics. At the 2018 Asian Games, Hima helped her team win the gold medal by giving them a blistering start in the women’s 4x400m Relay. She also won silver medals in the Mixed Relay event and the 400m women’s event. (Image - AP)
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Hima Das (Women’s 4x400m Relay, Mixed Relay, 400m) | 18-year-old Hima Das is the daughter of a rice farmer hailing from Dhing village in Assam. She started off by playing football with boys in mud pits next to the rice fields and was advised by a local coach to take up athletics. She was soon spotted during an inter-district meet and was asked to shift to Guwahati which is 140 km away from her home to pursue a future in athletics. At the 2018 Asian Games, Hima helped her team win the gold medal by giving them a blistering start in the women’s 4x400m Relay. She also won silver medals in the Mixed Relay event and the 400m women’s event. (Image - AP)

VK Vismaya (Women’s 4x400m Relay) | VK Vismaya had just four months of relay training under the national coach before she anchored India to the 4x400m relay gold at the 2018 Asian Games. The 22-year-old had remarkably never participated in a senior competition, even at the district level before her gold medal winning finish at the Asian Games. Vismaya was forced to stop participating in 400m hurdles and focus only in 200m and 400m due to glute muscle pain. She was spotted during an inter-university meet which led to her selection into the senior team and her meteoric rise ever since, saw her represent the country and bring home gold in just her first senior level outing. (Image - AP)
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VK Vismaya (Women’s 4x400m Relay) | VK Vismaya had just four months of relay training under the national coach before she anchored India to the 4x400m relay gold at the 2018 Asian Games. The 22-year-old had remarkably never participated in a senior competition, even at the district level before her gold medal winning finish at the Asian Games. Vismaya was forced to stop participating in 400m hurdles and focus only in 200m and 400m due to glute muscle pain. She was spotted during an inter-university meet which led to her selection into the senior team and her meteoric rise ever since, saw her represent the country and bring home gold in just her first senior level outing. (Image - AP)

First Published on Sep 5, 2018 11:20 pm
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