After the high of winning silver by PV Sindhu in badminton, all eyes were on the only Indian athlete -- golfer Aditi Ashok – on Day 15 of Rio Olympics. The Indian might not have been able to win any medal for India, which was always a huge task with top stars of the sport participating in the women's sport, but finished 41st with an overall score of seven-over 291.
This effort of the Indian golfer should be applauded as she had only turned pro some six months ago. Despite her lack of experience at the top level, she looked good in the opening few rounds of the competition, but could not deliver in the last two to finish 41st.
In fact after round one, she was tied at the seventh position, along with Azahara Munoz (Spain), Lexi Thompson (US) and Charley Hull (GB), after she managed an incredible three-under 68. She scored the same on the second day as well. Aditi could not continue her impressive ways in the final two days of the event, and could not hit any any birdie on the final day.
Inbee Park, who was consistent in Rio Olympics, finished with a gold while Lydia Ko (New Zealand) and Shanshan Feng (China) managed to win bronze. India's Aditi could have finished higher, but she was pleased to have played against some of the top golfers, and now, the golfer wants to build upon this when she features in some major events in the future.
"The experience has been great staying at the Olympic Village and playing with the best in the world and I really enjoyed playing this golf course, too. It played different every day because of the wind and the conditions, but yeah, I enjoyed it," Press Trust of India quoted Aditi as saying.
"With my performance, you know, I could have done better, but you know, I'm going to build on this, and the next time I play bigger events, I'm sure this experience is going to help me," she added.