Tokyo Olympics: India doffed its hat to Aditi Ashok as the 23-year-old Indian golfer went toe-to-toe with the best in business before finishing an inspiring 4th position in Women’s Individual Stroke Play at the Games on Saturday.
- Golfer Aditi Ashok finished 4th after an inspiring performance in Tokyo Olympics
- She was in the race for a medal till the 72nd hole on Saturday
- Wishes poured in for the 23-year-old golfter from Bengaluru.
India’s tryst with heartbreaking 4th-place finishes at the Olympics continues as golfer Aditi Ashok put on a stunning show in Women’s Individual Stroke Play only to miss the bronze medal by a whisker at Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.
The World No. 200 went toe-to-toe with World No. 1 and gold medalist Nelly Korda of USA and former World No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand who also finished with a medal, her 2nd successive podium finish at the Games.
Aditi Ashok, the 23-year-old golfer from Bengaluru, had been in the Silver medal position after 54 holes on Friday. She was in contention for a medal till the final hole as the Women’s Golf event went down to the wire. Aditi finished with 15-under 269, just two strokes behind gold medalist Korda.
Notably, Aditi was at the Silver meal position after 54 holes as she had made the world take notice of her with as many as 15 birdies in the first three rounds. With Japan’s Mone Inami coming up with a near-pefect performance on the final day, Aditi slipped from 2nd to 4th.
She may have not won a medal but the young golfer made India set an early alarm on Saturday and follow the action at Kasumigaseki Country Club, in Saitama with great interest. Aditi Ashok was buzzing on social media as she continued her impressive performances, hitting three birdies on Saturday. Golf is not one of the widely-followed sport in India but there were millions back home who sat before their television sets and rooted for Aditi.
Wishes poured in for the inspiring golfer after she finished an impressive 4th, missing out on a historic medal only by the barest of the margins. Notably, Aditi had become the youngest golfer to feature in the Olympics when she made her Games debut at 18 in Rio. 5 years later, Aditi showed the world that she is her to stay with an awe-inspiring performance in Tokyo.
In the final round, she fired five birdies — on the 5th, 6th, 8th, 13th and 14th holes — against two bogeys on the 9th and 11th.
Overnight leader and world number one Nelly Korda clinched the gold medal with a 2-under 69 that left her 17-under overall and a shot ahead of Japan’s Mone Inami (65) and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (65).
Inami and Ko will compete in a play-off to decide the silver and bronze medal winners.
Play was disrupted for a while by a tropical storm after the leading pack had completed 16 holes but soon resumed at the par-71 Kasumigaseki Country Club.
Aditi was in medal contention for a major part of the day but the two bogeys pulled her back while Ko surged ahead with a sensational nine birdies against just three dropped shots in her final round.
This was the first time Aditi Ashok played in the Olympics with higher ranked competitors and still managed to outcome many of them and get ahead of them, but at last it was heart breaking that she had to finish in the fourth place.
Still Indian fans feel Proud for what she did and how she had performed in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
This experience will be helpful for Aditi Ashok in the Olympics and we hope she comebacks next time with more positive attitude.