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Aditi Ashok just 4-strokes back at Rio Olympics

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India's Aditi Ashok continued to impress as she carded a second straight three-under 68 to be tied eighth after the second round of the women's golf event at the Olympic Games in Rio.

The 18-year-old got off to a flying start on Thursday after getting a birdie on the par-five first hole before getting two more birdies on the par-three fourth and par-four ninth holes till the halfway mark.

On the back nine, she bogeyed the par-five 10th hole before picking her again with consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th hole.

However, a bogey on the par-five 18th hole again gave her a 68 that took her total to six-under 136. She shares eighth position with four other golfers.

In a philosophical mood after her round, Aditi said, “I think golf every day is different.  You never hit the same shot twice.  So every day is a new experience, and you can't really come with any expectations. The game is bigger than all of us, so that's what I like about it. Every day, you have a new experience.”

Speaking about her play specifically, the youngster said, “Today I didn’t hit my tee shots really well. I was out of position on four or five holes but I putted really well over both of the days.”

Aditi continues to win the hearts of the legends of the game with Annika Sorenstam in awe of the youngster's performances. The Swedish superstar said, “This is what the Olympics are all about, where dreams can come true. It is a great story considering that golf is not that big in her country. If you go to the streets of India and ask them if they know what a major is, they would shake their heads and say no. But if you asked them what an Olympic medal is, they will cheer. For her to be a part of this and to do what she has done so far is incredible.”

Karen Stupples added, “What I find truly amazing is that she did this all on her own at five-years old. She went and putted all on her own. It wasn’t her mom and dad that said, ‘here is a putter you go putt.’ She went and did that on her own. She made those dreams on her own and put that on her poster. As a seven- year-old. She is now living her dream. That is a very special gift to have.”

The Bengaluru golfer was four strokes behind leader South Korean Inbee Park, who carded a second straight 66 to sit at the top.

Lewis Stacy of the US carded a stunning eight-under 63 to be one stroke behind Inbee. Britain's Charley Hull (66) and Brooke Hendersen of Canada (64) shared the third spot on eight-under 134 total.