Indian gold medallist heptathlete with 12 toes to receive custom-made running shoes

AN Indian heptathlete is being gifted a pair of custom-made running shoes… because she has 12 toes.

Swapna Barman won the regional Olympics last week but revealed her deformity causes her to compete in intense pain.

 Swapna Barman from India won the regional Olympics last week

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Swapna Barman from India won the regional Olympics last week

The 21-year-old, who comes from an impoverished family, needs four pairs of shoes during the seven events.

But with help from sports giants Nike, Barman will receive a pair of customised shoes to help her promising career.

Sudhanshu Mani, who is manager for a company that looks after athletes, said: "After she won the gold I saw on TV that she had a deformity in her feet,

“We are in touch with Nike. We are waiting for her to come back so that we can get her size and get the customised shoes made for her.”

 Barman admitted that she was forced to run in pain because of her deformity

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Barman admitted that she was forced to run in pain because of her deformity
 Nike are set to make her a pair of customised shoes

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Nike are set to make her a pair of customised shoes

Barman has never been able to fix her feet because her family has been unable to raise the money needed to pay for the operation.

Her mother Basani Devi was forced to quit her job after Barman's father had a stroke and was left bed ridden.

Devi told local media that she was also born with six toes but "managed" and had no option to pay for her daughter's feet.

 Barman comes from an impoverished family and has never had the money to pay for surgery

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Barman comes from an impoverished family and has never had the money to pay for surgery

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She said: “How could I get that done? I myself was born with six toes on one foot. It is because of me that Swapna is this way.

“I managed. We thought she would too.”

The West Bengal government has gifted Barman £10,800 and promised her a government job, according to New Straits Times.

AN Indian heptathlete is being gifted a pair of custom-made running shoes… because she has 12 toes.