• Sunday, July 03, 2022

Olympics

India golfer Aditi misses medal, finishes fourth at Olympics

Aditi Ashok of India in action during the fourth round at Tokyo Games. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

By: Sattwik Biswal

INDIA’S Aditi Ashok missed a medal narrowly as she finished fourth in the Olympic Games’ golf competition after carding a three-under 68 in the weather-hit final round on Saturday (7).

The 23-year-old ended two strokes off the pace with a total of 15-under 269.

It was a heartbreaking end to Aditi’s campaign considering she started the day at second. 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.

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.

(PTI)

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