After Sakshi Malik became the first Indian to win a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics and break the agonising medal drought in Rio, PV Sindhu would be veing for Gold in the finals of women’s badminton singles on Friday against the Spanish ace, Carolina Marin. Sakshi also became the fourth Indian to win a medal for her country, while PV Sindhu, who is assured of at least a silver medal at the Olympics, will become the fifth female athlete to etch her name in Indian sports history. As medal hopes ride strongly on the shoulders of a badminton player, a golfer has slowly risen to the occassion and created hopes for a third medal at this year’s Olympics.
The 18-year-old Aditi Ashok is on course to become the sixth Indian woman to win a medal. Aditi had an inspiring run in the second round of the Women’s Individual event on thursday as she tied 8th, while her score read six under par.
The professional Indian golfer had already made history after she became the first Indian to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School and secure her Ladies European Tour card for the 2016 season. The win also made her the youngest winner of a Q School for an international tour. At the young age of 18, Aditi made her mark on Indian sport. The teen remains India’s only woman golfer at Rio 2016.
Aditi had qualified for the Olympics on the basis of the Olympic criteria of players being eligible based on the world rankings. According to the criteria, a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15 are selected.
In 2011 she had USHA Karnataka Junior, Southern India Junior, Faldo Series Asia – India, East India Tolly Ladies, All India Championship and in 2012 she took away USHA Delhi Ladies, USHA Army Championship, All India Junior. While 2013 saw Aditi clinching Asia Pacific Junior Championship and in 2014 it was Eastern India Ladies Amateur, USHA IGU All India Ladies & Girls Championship. The 2015 year increased that tally of tournament wins as amateur as she won Army Ladies & Junior Championship, St Rule Trophy, Southern India Ladies & Junior Girls Championship, Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Thailand Amateur Open. In 2011 she got Hero Professional Tour Leg 1, Hero Professional Tour Leg 3.