Vastavam web: Gold medal-winning javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was the undisputed star as the Indian track and field team returned from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to a warm reception here.The entire athletics team, except for silver medallist discus thrower Seema Punia, landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport late last night to an exuberant reception from fans here and the neighbouring Haryana. Punia had arrived two days ago.Relatives and people from Neeraj’s village in Haryana came to recieve him. Officers of India Army, where Neeraj is a junior commissioned officer, were also there to welcome him.
Neeraj had scripted history by becoming the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold with a throw of 86.47m, just one centimeter short of his personal best of 86.48m, which is also the existing junior word as well as national record.Punia and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon had won a silver and bronze respectively in women’s discus throw. The track and field athletes bagged three medals, the final count being the same as in the 2014 Glasgow edition.