Aditi Ashok said she “left nothing there” after hitting a nail-biting final on women’s golf at the Tokyo Olympics in the fourth round on Saturday with her third point down, but a medal with just one missed stroke .
“When I came in, I tried my best to punch the last holes, and I just knew, because in a regular tournament, it doesn’t matter if you finish second or fourth. But during this event, you have to be in the top be three, “he said. Ashok, who finished fourth behind Nelly Korda of the USA, with the Japanese Mone Inami winning silver in a play-off match against Lydia Ko of New Zealand. “I left nothing there. I think I gave it to me one hundred percent, but yes, fourth at an Olympics, where they hand out three medals.”
Ashok’s performance is in line with that of Indian sports legends such as Milkha Singh, PT Usha, Abhinav Bindra and Dipa Karmakar, who almost missed the podium finishes. When Ashok is reminded of the company she joined Indian Sport for, Ashok spoke about the importance of how her performance this week could impact Indian sport. “No, I did not really know it. It’s clear that now that I’m joining it – you do not want to join the club. But yes, I think I’m joining it.
“But no, I think it’s good, just the top five or the top 10 at an Olympics is really good. Because you know the sport or that person has a medal chance. So you just have more “Top finishes, even if they are not exactly a podium finish, will probably pay attention to the sport and more support, pick up more children, more, whatever, which helps to grow the game,” she said. said.
Ashok’s performance in the last round itself was still very good as she recovered on the 9th and 11th from bogeys with consecutive birdies on the 13th and 14th to stay within touching distance of the top. In fact, she missed a 4.52m putt for a birdie on the penultimate hole – one where the game continued for almost an hour as the wind picked up and brought some rain – with the ball just above the pen. Had she completed the shot, she would have pitched in a tie for a bronze medal and led a silver match as Inami scored a flyhalf.
‘Yes, 17 was perfect. I got exactly the speed I wanted, the line I wanted, I had maybe – maybe I made too much through the four rounds, the golf gods were like, ‘okay, we’re not going to give her this’, she said. “But no, I just tried my best, even the last hole, even though it was really out of reach, it was almost a long hold, but I was still trying to give it a chance. So yeah, I think I gave my best. “
Ashok did add that her management had let her down the last day. ‘I think I did not drive the ball really well, and then it is difficult to get birdies or get greens when you are not on the court. “she said. After Friday’s third round, Ashok revealed that earlier this year testing positive for COVID-19 cost her strength, which reduced her driving distance.
Ashok said she wants Indian youth to take her as an example of how far ‘hard work and fun’ can take you every day.
“When I started playing golf, I never dreamed of being at the Olympics, but golf was not even an Olympic sport. So sometimes you pick it up and work hard and enjoy it every day, and sometimes it comes you here, “she said.