Tokyo. Indian women’s golfer Aditi Ashok performed brilliantly to finish fourth in the women’s individual stroke play event at the Tokyo Olympics. A few mistakes made in the final moments of the fourth and final round took Aditi away from the medal. She remained in the medal race for three rounds. Fourth place will also be called commendable for Aditi in every sense. Aditi, who was playing her second Olympics, finished 41st in the Rio Olympics. But in Tokyo, Aditi performed brilliantly from the beginning and remained in the top-3 till the end of the third round.
No Indian has achieved this milestone before 23-year-old Aditi, who collected a 15-under score of 269 in four rounds. Aditi’s performance in every aspect matches the status achieved for India in sports by shooter Abhinav Bindra, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Joydeep Karmakar.
World No. 1 LPGA Champion Nelly Korda of America won the gold in the event with a 17-under score of 267 while the silver went to Japan’s Mone Prize. Mone defeated Lydia of New Zealand in the playoff match for the third place.
Diksha Dagar, another Indian golfer, however, could not impress. Diksha was joint 50th among 60 golfers.
Where did Aditi’s mistake happen:
After three days of hard work, Aditi’s maths deteriorated from the 12th hole in the fourth round. Aditi held the number two spot till the 11th hole as well, but from the 12th, Mone made four consecutive birdies and went far ahead while Aditi and Ko continued to fight for the third place.
Ko, who bogged down on the 10th and 11th holes, made birdies on the 13th, 14th and 15th holes, while Aditi could only make birdies on the 13th and 14th holes and fell behind.
Ko bogeyed in the 16th hole, but leveled the score with a birdie in the 17th. In contrast, Aditi continued to play across.
Aditi had a birdie opportunity in the last hole, but she missed it by just a few centimeters and lost her claim to continue in the bronze medal race by overtaking Ko.
Where does this performance of Aditi stay:
Aditi, of course, finished fourth but her performance is a milestone not only in Indian golf but also in terms of Olympic performances. It will be kept in the highest category and Aditi’s name will definitely be mentioned whenever there is talk of Olympic performance of a female athlete.
There have been many occasions in India’s Olympic history when our athletes have missed out on medals by very small margins. Aditi’s name has also been added to it.
The first name of these athletes comes from late Milkha Singh who finished fourth in the 1960 Rome Olympics. This was followed by PT Usha (1984 Los Angeles), Gurcharan Singh (Sydney, 2000), Leander Paes-Mahesh Bhupathi (Athens 2004), Jaideep Karmakar (London 2012), Abhinav Bindra, Deepa Karmakar and Rohan Bopanna-Sania Mirza (all Rio 2016). ) is named. (IANS)
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