It’s tough to qualify for the Olympics: Heptathlete Swapna Burman

Last Updated: Sep 14 2019 13:47
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ATHLETICS- Asian Games gold medallist Swapna Burman feels that qualifying for the heptathlon event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be tough.

Swapna was the first Indian to win heptathlon gold at the 2018 Asian Games.

"Like every athlete, I also dream of participating in the Olympics. I am not sure if I'll be able to do it but I will do everything possible, I will try my best," Swapna told PTI.

"I have to improve a little in all the (seven) events and then I qualify.”

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has set the qualifying mark for the women's heptathlon event at 6420 aggregate points from the seven events. In 2016 Rio Olympics, it was set at 6200.

"This time the qualification has been set very high. Athletes from Asia are not able to achieve it," Swapna said.

Swapna’s personal best is 6026 points. She will have to reach the qualifying mark between May 2019 and June 2020 to make it Tokyo Olympics.