‘I feel I gave it my hundred %’: Aditi Ashok

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Aditi Ashok has mentioned that she “did not go away something on the market”, after a nailbiting end to the ladies’s golf on the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday noticed her card 3-under within the fourth spherical, however miss out on a medal by only one stroke.

“Coming in, I attempted my greatest to gap the previous few putts and simply figuring out as a result of in an everyday match whether or not you end second or fourth it actually would not matter. However at this occasion you should be within the high three,” mentioned Ashok, who completed fourth behind Nelly Korda of USA, with Japan’s Mone Inami profitable silver in a playoff forward of Lydia Ko of New Zealand. “I did not go away something on the market, I feel I gave it my hundred %, however, yeah, fourth at an Olympics the place they offer out three medals sort of sucks.”

Ashok’s efficiency matches these of legends of Indian sport corresponding to Milkha Singh, PT Usha, Abhinav Bindra and Dipa Karmakar, who narrowly missed out on podium finishes. When reminded of the corporate she has joined in Indian sport, Ashok spoke of the significance of how her efficiency this week may influence Indian sport. “No, I did not know that truly. Clearly now that I’ve joined that — you do not wish to be part of that membership. However yeah, I assume I’ve joined it.

“However no, I feel it is good, simply even high 5 or high 10 at an Olympics is absolutely good. As a result of that sport or that individual has a medal likelihood. So simply having extra high finishes, even when it isn’t precisely a podium end, will possibly convey eyes to the game and extra assist, extra children decide (it) up, extra, no matter, that helps develop the sport,” she mentioned.

Ashok’s efficiency within the ultimate spherical itself was nonetheless superb, as she recovered from bogeys on the ninth and the eleventh with successive birdies on the thirteenth and 14th to remain inside touching distance of the highest. Actually, she missed a 4.52m putt for a birdie on the penultimate gap — one the place play for held up for near an hour with the wind selecting up and bringing some rain with it — with the ball simply skimming the highest of the pin. Had she accomplished that shot, she would have moved right into a tie for bronze medal, and been in rivalry for a silver as Inami scored a bogey.

“Yeah, 17 was excellent. I hit it precisely the pace I needed, the road I needed, I simply — possibly I made too many by way of the 4 rounds, {golfing} gods have been like, ‘okay, we’re not going to provide her this one’,” she mentioned. “However no, I simply tried my greatest, even the final gap, though it was actually out of vary, it was virtually a protracted putt, however I nonetheless tried to provide it an opportunity. So yeah, I feel I gave it my greatest try.”

Ashok did, nonetheless, add that her driving let her down on the ultimate day. “I feel in the present day I did not actually drive the ball superb after which it is onerous to get birdie putts or hit greens if you’re not within the fairway. So, yeah, that was undoubtedly the toughest half to make a rating in the present day,” she mentioned. After Friday’s third-round play, Ashok had revealed that testing constructive for COVID-19 earlier this yr has value her some energy, which has lowered her driving distance.

Ashok mentioned she needs Indian children to take her for instance of how far “working onerous and having enjoyable” each day can take you.

“After I began golf I by no means dreamt of being or contending on the Olympics, golf wasn’t even an Olympic sport. So typically you simply decide it up and work onerous and have enjoyable each day and typically you get right here,” she mentioned.

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