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Olympics: Golfer Aditi misses medal by whisker

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Last updated on: August 07, 2021 12:48 IST
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Indian golfer Aditi Ashok reacts on the tenth green during the final round of the Women's Individual Stroke Play on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Japan, on Saturday

IMAGE: Indian golfer Aditi Ashok reacts on the tenth green during the final round of the Women's Individual Stroke Play on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Japan, on Saturday. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

India's Aditi Ashok narrowly missed a medal, finishing in 4th position in the Olympic Games' golf competition after carding a three-under 68 in the weather-hit final round here on Saturday.

 

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 at 2nd. 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 competed in a play-off to decide the silver and bronze medal winners in which the former emerged triumphant.

On the play-off hole (par-4 18th), Ko dropped a bogey, while Inami managed to hold on for a par in overcast and damp conditions.

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.

The other Indian in fray, Diksha Dagar, finished her campaign at tied 50th after managing her first sub-par round of the week, a one-under 70, which left her with an aggregate total of 6-over 290.

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