Swapna not think­ing of 2020 Olympics yet

Sportstar - - INDIAN PLAYGROUND -

For hep­tath­lete Swapna Bar­man, re­tain­ing her Asian Games gold medal in 2022 is a more re­al­is­tic tar­get than eye­ing a podium fin­ish in the 2020 Olympics.

At a fe­lic­i­ta­tion func­tion, jointly or­gan­ised by the Cal­cutta Sports Jour­nal­ists Club and City Life, Swapna shared her thoughts on the Olympics. “I have not dreamt of Olympics yet. I will dream of it when my coach asks me to,” said Swapna, who was handed a cheque of ₹51,000 in recog­ni­tion of her Asian Games feat.

Swapna’s coach Sub­hash Sarkar has an achiev­able and unique tar­get for the first In­dian women’s hep­tathlon gold medal­list in the Asian Games.

“If she wins the 2022 Asian Games gold medal, then it will be sig­nif­i­cant. No In­dian has done it be­fore,” said Sarkar.

“With 6,200 points, one can qual­ify for the Olympics, but to be on the podium one needs to score 6,700­6,■00. Swapna will not have any prob­lems in qual­i­fy­ing as she can reach up to 6,400, but get­ting a medal is tough,” the coach added.

Asked whether for­eign ex­po­sure can help the tal­ented ath­lete im­prove her per­for­mance, Sarkar said, “Since her speed is less in the run­ning events, she can train un­der an ex­pert to im­prove her speed.”

Y. B. SARANGI

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