At the Olympics, Aditi Ashok showed stunning performance, competing against some of the world’s greatest. She was on the verge of creating history at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday but fell just short of a medal. She would have become the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in golf, but the 23-year-old came in fourth place in Tokyo.
Aditi Ashok, who was rated 200th in the world in women’s golf heading into the competition, wasn’t even in the running for a medal in Tokyo. The Indian, on the other hand, delivered electrifying performances on all four days of the competition, going toe-to-toe with some of the finest in the world.
Losing the Olympic Medal
After spending practically, the whole tournament in second place and boosting hopes of an unexpected podium finish, Indian golfer Aditi Ashok was disappointed to finish only one shot outside the medal bracket after 72 holes of the women’s individual event.
Golf is a game involving razor-thin margins. Inches are frequently the difference between a putt sinking into a hole and simply lipping out. Aditi was competing against some of the top players in the world for a spot on the podium. Nelly Korda of the United States, the gold medalist, is the world no. 1 and a Major winner, having led practically the entire race.
It is important to note that Aditi did not choke or falter in such a prestigious company. The top players are the ones who have raised their game to claim their medals.
Aditi only missed five shots over the course of the four days, but four of them came in the final two rounds. The Indian was consistent throughout the round, shooting 67, 66, 68, and 68. Her inability to make any birdies over the final four holes on Saturday may have worked against her.
Mone and Ko, on the other hand, both recorded two birdies and a bogey over that time. Aditi was knocked out of the playoff to determine second and third place because of the one-shot she gained.
The aftermath of Her Performance
Aditi Ashok may not have won a medal in Tokyo, but she grabbed the hearts of people all across the world with her outstanding performance.
Aditi Ashok’s putting talents were the highlight of her Tokyo performance. Even when the going got tough on the greens for the best players, the Indian was a putting machine. In all four rounds, she barely put a foot wrong, staying in touch with the leaders when most anticipated her to fall off.
Ashok placed women’s golf on the map in India five years ago when, at the age of 18, she threatened the lead in the Rio Olympics with two 68s before falling back over the final 36 holes.