Tokyo Olympics: Aditi Ashok finishes fourth, becomes first Indian golfer to reach top-5 in Olympics

Tokyo Olympics: Aditi Ashok finishes fourth, becomes first Indian golfer to reach top-5 in Olympics

Aditi Ashok created history by finishing fourth at the Tokyo Olympics and became the first-ever Indian golfer to reach top-5 in an Olympic event.

Playing in her second Olympics, Aditi Ashok holds the tied-2 position for three days, and on the final day, she again played a superb round of 3-under 68 to bring home the glory.

Although she finished her outstanding campaign one shot off to claim the medal, but she won many hearts in India.

She persuaded people in India to watch golf, which in itself is a win in one sport crazy nation.

Aditi Ashok at Tokyo Olympics

Aditi started her final day with four straight pars, and then she made two back-to-back birdies, again a par on 7th, with a birdie on 8th, and made a bogey to finish her nine holes at 2-under to remain in contention.

The 23-year-old Indian golfer began her final nine holes journey with a par, but a bogey after that makes the whole nation bite their nails.

She made par on 12th, and the two consecutive birdies on the 13th and 14th put her back into contention.

But three consecutive pars from 15th to 17th dropped her to fourth, and on the 18th hole, she needed a birdie to reach tied-2nd position. However, she missed to convert and made a par instead to stay at 15-under and lost the medal by just one stroke.

Nelly Korda of the USA grabbed the gold medal after carding 17-under 196 in four days.

After finishing her day one game outside the top-10, the World no. 1 Korda made a strong comeback and led the field from day two till the end to claim the Olympic medal.

Silver and bronze medalist was decided by a playoff, in which Mone Inami of Japan stunned Lydia Ko to win the silver medal.

The South-Korean Lydia Ko grabbed the bronze after losing the silver medal battle in the playoff.

The other Indian in the field, Diksha Dagar, failed to leave a mark as she finished her debut Olympic campaign at a tied-50th position out of 60 players.

Posted on: 2021 Aug 7 Sat
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