Swapna Barman became the first Indian heptathlete to win a gold while Arpinder Singh ended a 48-year long wait for triple jump victory after Dutee Chand blazed the track for her second silver at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia last evening.
Barman battled sever tooth ache during her event and competed with a tape on her right cheek. Still, she produced her career-best performance by logging 6026 aggregate points from the seven events.
India is currently 9th in the medals tally with 11 Gold, 20 Silver and 23 Bronze.
Arpinder jumped 16.77m in his third attempt to win the men’s triple jump gold. India’s last Asian Games gold medal in men’s triple jump had come in 1970 from Mohinder Singh Gill.