Aditi Ashok bulbs up medal hope with a strong second round at Tokyo Olympics

Aditi Ashok bulbs up medal hope with a strong second round at Tokyo Olympics

The top-ranked Indian golfer Aditi Ashok carded another superb round on the second day of the Olympics Women's golf competition to stay in contention.

Aditi, who grabbed a place behind the leader on day one, produced a solid 5-under 66 on day two to hold her position at the leaderboard and share the tied-second heading into weekend action.

World No.1 Nelly Korda posted a superb round of 9-under 62 to climb up the leaderboard and take a four-stroke lead heading into weekend action.

The In-form golfer from the USA smashed eight birdies and an eagle in her second-day campaign to secure a healthy lead of five strokes over her competitors.

Diksha Dagar at Tokyo Olympics
Diksha Dagar

Her fellow Indian on the field, Diksha Dagar, who started her debut Olympics journey with a devastating 5-over, carded a modest 1-over in the second round, but it wasn't enough to grab her a place inside top-20.

The duo from Denmark, Nanna Koerstz Madsen and Emily Kristine Pederson, played a sensational game and moved up the leaderboard to share the tied-second position with Aditi Ashok.

Madelene Sagstrom, the overnight leader, shot a decent 3-under 68 in the second round but fell to solitary fifth.

Due to forecasted thunderstorms around the course region, the golf tournament may be shortened to 54 holes. In this scenario, Aditi has a greater chance of winning an Olympic medal for herself and India.