India’s Aditi Ashok surpassed her weight and finished fourth in the Olympic golf tournament last week.
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Calcutta: Aditi Ashok, the Indian golfer, may miss the euphoria about the Olympians on her return from Tokyo – but unmistakably the waves she created thousands of kilometers away on the LPGA Tour of USA.
“Ashok was Rocky Balboa that Olympics, the player from the dark who everyone thought was a punching bag for the champion. Instead, we got a 15-round bout that got the fans going, ”wrote Steve Eubanks, editor of the LPGA Tour, as the world number 200 finished an excruciating fourth place on the final day of the Olympics. This weekend, the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open continues as usual.
In a country consumed by cricket, with hopes that both ice hockey and athletics will regain interest (after Neeraj Chopra presented them with their first ever Olympic gold in athletics) the 23-year-old made her presence felt by going over their weight beats. Aditi’s Twitter followers grew 204% during the Olympics, while their Instagram followers exploded 873%.
“I think it was amazing how many people showed their support and adjusted to the last day and even the third day (of Olympic golf) because people weren’t really there, people weren’t really watching the game of golf in India “, she said. “It was amazing to have so many people and I’m grateful for the support. With my finish, with big sports superstars in India tweeting about it and the Prime Minister and President tweeting about it, it was great and cool to see that my performance at the Olympics had such a big impact on golf in India and that People heard about it and googled it.
“Of course you don’t think fourth place in a regular tournament will ever do that. It shows how much golf can boost the sport at the Olympics, especially in India where the population is huge but the golfing community is very small.
The comparison of the LPGA Tour editor with Balboa has to meet the golfer’s own observation of her campaign when she felt like a “flyweight boxer buzzing around the heavyweights” at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Describing herself in second person, Aditi tweeted, “She was the flyweight boxer who circled the heavyweights. She was the rowing team with balsa wood for paddles. If she was shooting, her rival weapon would have been a BB gun … That comparison got me (face with tears of joy emoji) #roomforimprovement #sadbuttrue. “
An Indian fan paid the ultimate tribute to Aditi and tweeted, “Thanks Aditi, we still don’t understand the terminology of #Golf, but try to understand just because of you (symbol for folded hands).”
“You were so damn great; Your trip will be celebrated for years to come. We are all proud of you. Just because of you guys in #India have turned their eyes to televisions to watch #Golf, a sport where the majority of the nation only knows #TigerWoods! ”Tweeted another fan.