Updated: August 8, 2021 10:44:07 am
Indians are hooked to a new sport thanks to the Tokyo Olympics — Golf. And the bait was Aditi Ashok, who put on a splendid performance and finished a historic fourth on Saturday. And although she missed the chance to secure another medal for India, she won many hearts online.
As she signed off 4th in the Olympic Games’ golf competition after carding a three-under 68 in the weather-hit final round in Tokyo on Saturday, Indians cheered for her on the internet. As the results were declared, her name as well as the phrase “well played” started to dominate trends on Twitter.
The 23-year-old athlete from Bengaluru had raised expectations as she inched closer to securing the sixth medal for the country. However, she ended two strokes off the pace with a total of 15-under 269, and lost out on bronze by one shot to Lydia Ko. Nonetheless, Indians couldn’t be prouder.
#AditiAshok played really well. Missed the medal by whiskers and finished 4th in #olympics. And guess who is her caddie, her mother. That is the kind of support our sportspersons need. pic.twitter.com/ChyD0FwWdt
— Parveen Kaswan (@ParveenKaswan) August 7, 2021
— Priyanka Shukla (@PriyankaJShukla) August 7, 2021
Millions of Indians (including me) would have watched golf tutorial videos in the last 3 days. That itself is no less than a medal.#AditiAshok
— Somesh Upadhyay (@Somesh_IAS) August 7, 2021
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) August 7, 2021
— BlogSpiring (@BlogSpiring1) August 7, 2021
Missing the podium by a whisker after leading the competition for most of the time is heartbreaking but #AditiAshok has arrived. #Golf #Olympics Her stupendous performance will inspire many. #TokyoOlympics2020 pic.twitter.com/wAysdyVrRK
— Sitakanta Panda (@stkntp) August 7, 2021
23 years old,2nd time Olympian, giving tough competition to (1-20) world ranks even after being 200 in World rank herself. Maybe someone from Delhi, chennai , pune , mumbai , Kolkata or Bangalore taking oath today to represent India in 2024 Paris seeing Aditi to play #AditiAshok pic.twitter.com/wR2MnN6mbY
— Subham 🏃 (@subhsays) August 7, 2021
This is the best ever Indian performance in the Olympics.
— Hari Priya CR (@cr_hariPriya) August 7, 2021
Well played Aditi Ashok.
— बेरोजगार manish (@manishmahera4) August 7, 2021
Medal or not! Whole India 🇮🇳 watched Golf⛳ from today 4am😴 without knowing a single thing! Isn’t spectacular? @aditigolf you 🔥🔥
— Bodhisattya Pal (@bodhisattwapal1) August 7, 2021
— Shivani (@meme_ki_diwani) August 7, 2021
You have to feel for #AditiAshok
She was so so close to Olympic medal
But what a great show of skills
just very proud of you @aditigolf
Best wishes for #Paris2024#AditiAshok #Golf pic.twitter.com/JczTd3Eq8t
— LALIT KASHYAP (@DntWorryUCanDo) August 7, 2021
Take a bow,
Entire India today morning was watching GOLF, because of this women.
— Maj Gen G D Bakshi (@GDBakshi2) August 7, 2021
You have won billion hearts of our country ❤️
You have took the golf !
Millions of Indian has started watching golf just because of you.
You have made 🇮🇳 proud ! pic.twitter.com/JTWamYZX6P
— Rohit (@Rohit80592066) August 7, 2021
India have won five medals — two silver in weightlifting and wrestling, while three bronze in boxing, badminton and men’s hockey respectively. The focus will be on javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra who is India’s last hope for gold.