‘Means So Much’ – Lydia Ko Battled Past a Family Tragedy to Win Bronze in Olympic Women’s Golf

Published 08/07/2021, 3:43 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Women’s Individual – Medal Ceremony – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – August 7, 2021. Bronze medalist Lydia Ko of New Zealand holds flowers. REUTERS/Murad Sezer


The golf competitions at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 are done and dusted. Nelly Korda played brilliant golf and clinched the gold medal, while Mone Inami won silver. New Zealand’s Lydia Ko took home the bronze and the 24-year-old later revealed that she experienced a family tragedy within a week before the Olympics.

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Lydia Ko experienced a family tragedy just a week before the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Ko learned that her grandmother passed away and was inconsolable due to the loss. The 24-year-old, however, flew to Tokyo and competed in the women’s golf competition in the Olympic games. 

It wasn’t easy for Lydia Ko to balance two different emotions on the golf course. But she managed to pull through and delivered a fantastic final round to clinch the bronze medal for her nation. 

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“I just wanted to make my family really proud and my country proud. To be able to win a medal means so much, not to me but to everyone who’s been on this journey with me. This is for my Grandma,” an emotional Lydia Ko mentioned

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Lydia Ko played terrific golf in the final two rounds at Tokyo Olympics 2020

It is not easy to play solid golf with a scattered mind. The women’s competition at Tokyo Olympics 2020 faced several uncertainties in the form of inclement weather. At one point, there was no assurance of a fourth-round happening. 

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However, the competition went through, and Lydia Ko displayed a solid mentality in Rounds 3 and 4. Despite playing the event with plenty of emotions running through the back of her mind, the Kiwi golfer shot a final round 65 to clinch bronze in the competition. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Women’s Individual – Medal Ceremony – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – August 7, 2021. Bronze medalist Lydia Ko of New Zealand poses with her medal. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Ko shot the joint-second-lowest score of the final round in the women’s golf event. The final round always brings out the nerves in a golfer, but Lydia Ko displayed nerves of steel. She finished the tournament 16-under and lost out on a silver medal position in the playoff hole. 

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Lydia Ko has a lot of positives she can take away from Tokyo Olympics 2020. She was not in major contention to pick up a medal, but she fought her way through it. After making a slow start, Ko rallied into contention and did not slow down once reaching that spot. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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