Tokyo Olympics: Aditi Ashok of India put forth a fantastic performance in the Women’s Golf Individual Strokeplay on Saturday, although she finished barely outside the bronze medal position after 72 holes.
It was a bittersweet moment for the World No. 200, who had concluded Round 3 in second place on Friday.
Aditi Ashok made three birdies on Saturday and finished in a respectable fourth place after four tense rounds.
The World No. 200 went head-to-head with World No. 1 Nelly Korda of the United States and also with former World No. 1 and Rio Olympics silver medalist Lydia Ko of New Zealand; impressing with her putting and short game.
Aditi Ashok, a 23-year-old Bengaluru native, made history by being the youngest golfer (male or female) to compete in the Rio Olympics.
After finishing 41st in Rio, Aditi Ashok returned to Tokyo and astonished the field with a solid performance being caddied by her mother Maheshwari.
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The race for the medal went down to the final shot, the 72nd; which got underway after a rain break on Saturday morning at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama.
With Japan’s Mone Inami putting on a superb show with 10 birdies on Saturday.
Before the last hole, Aditi Ashok was in 4th place with 15-under, while Nelly Korda and Mone Inami were tied for first place with 17-under, and Lydia Ko was in 2nd place with 16-under.
For the majority of the day, Aditi Ashok was in contention for a medal, but two bogeys pushed her back. Meanwhile Ko stormed ahead with nine birdies and only three missed shots in her final round.
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