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Young golfer Aditi Ashok says it was invaluable experience at Rio

Aditi means limitless or boundless and true to her name, Aditi Ashok has changed the face of women’s golf in the country with her impressive show at the Rio Olympics.

With the sport making a comeback to the Games for the first time since 1904, the Bengaluru golfer took the world by surprise as she got off to a solid start, which put her in medal contention after the opening round. Though the teenage sensation was unable to follow up, she did give her rivals a run for their money.

Having turned pro in January this year, the globetrotting teenager who was the youngest in the field at Rio, recalled her experience on sport’s biggest stage.

“I really enjoyed playing in the Olympics. I started well but wish I could have done better on the last couple of days,” said the only Indian in the women’s field to this newspaper. “I loved playing at the amazing Reserva de Marapendi. It played different almost everyday because of the wind, but I enjoyed it.

“The experience of playing with some of the best in world was invaluable. I learned that I have to be more consistent and have to maintain my rhythm through the week. I know I can compete at the highest level and I just have to keep working hard.”


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