• Tuesday, May 30, 2023


Tokyo: India misses golf medal by a whisker, Aditi Ashok finishes 4th

India’s Aditi Ashok plays a shot on the fairway of the 8th hole in round 4 of the women’s golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on August 7, 2021. (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA’S Aditi Ashok narrowly missed a medal as she signed off 4th in the golf competition at the Tokyo Olympics after carding a three-under 68 in the weather-hit final round at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on Saturday (7).

The 23-year-old from Bangalore ended two strokes off the pace with a total of 15-under 269. It was a heart-breaking end to Aditi’s campaign considering she started the day in second position. But it was nonetheless a major improvement as she had finished tied 41st in the 2016 edition where golf made a comeback to the Olympics.

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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.

Visitors react as they watch the live telecast of India’s Aditi Ashok competing in the women’s golf individual stroke play at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on a large screen at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) in Bangalore on August 7, 2021. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Overnight leader and world No.1 Nelly Korda of the US 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 the race for a medal for a major part of the day but the two bogeys pulled her back while Ko moved ahead with a sensational nine birdies against just three dropped shots in her final round.

Prime minister Narendra Modi nonetheless congratulated Ashok saying: Well played @aditigolf ! You have shown tremendous skill and resolve during #Tokyo2020. A medal was narrowly missed but you’ve gone farther than any Indian and blazed a trail. Best wishes for your future endeavours.”

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