Amritsar: Students, fellow players and well wishers on Monday lined up to give Asian Games silver medallist athlete Khushbir Kaur a rousing reception here as she returned home after her feat in South Korea.
Kaur, who won a silver in 20km race walk, arrived at the local railway station from where she was taken to her college -- Khalsa College for Women -- riding an open jeep with college teachers, staff and students thronging to accord here a warm welcome.
"I am overwhelmed by my victory. At least I could play my part to bring the honour for the country," she said in an emotional tone. She said despite the odds of poverty of her family and a muscle injury, she was able to sail through.
"I belong to very moderate family. But still due to wishes and financial support from various quarters I was able to reach Asian Games," she said, adding that she suffered with a muscle pull injury a year back and once thought she might not even be able to participate in the Games.
Kaur, an MA student, became the first Indian woman to win a medal in race walk in Asian Games. She completed her 20 kilometers Walk in one hour and 33 minutes to bag the medal.
She belongs to Nikka Rasulpur village near Chowk Mehta in this district.
"That was a moment of glory. I felt on the clouds when I saw the tri-colour flying high in front of my eyes," she stated.
She said she would continue her practice and her target is now to bring glory for the country in the next Olympics.