NEW DELHI (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has been given a rousing welcome as he arrived home in India after winning the men’s javelin event in Tokyo and securing the country’s first-ever athletics gold. In a cricket-mad country, Chopra’s Olympic win was seen as a triumph for the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people, catapulting the 23-year-old to stardom. Hundreds of people gathered at New Delhi’s airport to greet him. They chanted “Long live mother India” as he was given a flower garland. Chopra, the son of a farmer, won the javelin title with a personal-best throw of 87.58 meters. His gold was India’s seventh medal in Tokyo, its best-ever Olympic showing.
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