Tokyo Olympics: Indian golfer Aditi Ashok remains in contention for a podium finish.© AFP
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok finished her round two outing at the Tokyo Olympics and remains among the top golfers in contention with a total of 133 (-9) at Kasumigaseki Country Club on Thursday. The 23-year-old Ashok fired a stellar 66 in the second round played under hot and humid conditions to tie on second with the Danish duo of Nanna Koerstz Madsen (64) and Emily Kristine Pedersen (63) – sharing second place on 9-under. Aditi had birdies on hole numbers 2, 5, 15, 17 and 18 to keep herself in contention for a podium finish. Another Indian Diksha Dagar is tied on 53 with a total of 148 (+6). In the second hole of the day, Dagar sank a double bogey which instantly landed her outside top-40 in the 60-players field.
World No.1 Nelly Korda of the United States tied the Olympic record of 62 to open up a four-shot lead on 13-under 129 in the race for the gold medal. Nelly Korda had a disappointing end to a great day of golf as she had a cool 6-stroke lead but missed an 8-footer for bogey on 18th, and popped it in for double bogey.
China’s Shanshan Feng, the bronze medallist in Rio 2016, celebrated her 32nd birthday in style when she fired a flawless 7-under 64 in the second round of the Olympic Games to haul herself back into medal contention on Thursday.
After a disappointing 74 on the first day, she sank seven birdies against no bogeys on another sweltering day at Kasumigaseki Country Club to move up to tied 11th place on 4-under 138.
A potential Pacific storm that could bring torrential rain and wind to the area by Saturday’s scheduled final round could reduce the women’s competition to 54-holes, with officials intent to continue as planned and monitoring the storm before making a final decision.
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