GOLD MEDAL winner 'Inbee Park' 268 (66, 66, 70, 66) On how she rates becoming Olympic champion: “I think definitely at the top because you know, this is something I've never done before. I've won majors, but I haven't won a gold medal, so this feels definitely very, very special and nothing I want to change. It's a special week and special feeling, and I'm so honoured to represent my country. Being able to receive the gold medal on the golf course was an unforgettable moment.”
Park finished on a 16-
Park turned the final day in front of a sell-
Just for good measure, Russia’s Maria Verchenova smashed the course record by firing a nine-
As a result of today’s outcome, it means that all six medals awarded in the two golf competitions have been distributed among six different nations – Korea, New Zealand and China in the women’s competition and Great Britain (Justin Rose), Sweden (Henrik Stenson) and the United States (Matt Kuchar) in last week’s men’s contest.
The new Olympic champion hugged her equally emotional three Korean team-
Park’s triumph was all the more extraordinary for the fact that she has only played once competitively since June, the result of an on-
However, with seven majors in her locker, there was no disputing her supreme talent, and Park delivered a masterclass in precision golf, accruing seven birdies – offset by two back-
She added: “This is something I've really been dreaming of coming into the week. There were so many Korean people out here supporting me and it almost felt like we were in Korea. Seeing how much support I had this week, I’m just happy that I finished well. This is definitely a big relief.”
Kiwi Ko, still only a teenager and surely set to compete in Tokyo in four years’ time, fought hard to close the gap on the Korean, but ultimately Park’s advantage was seldom under threat.
She commented: “I didn't have a great start, but I just tried to hang in there. I can't believe I'm holding a medal on the podium -
Ko knew that she had to get up and down from greenside to avoid a play-
Interviews – Round 4
Lydia Ko 273 (69, 70, 65, 69): Lydia Ko On other New Zealand athletes coming out to support her Sunday: “That was one of the greatest things that I was really excited about this week was that I was able to meet other New Zealand athletes and see some that I had met before like Eric (Murray, gold medal rower). We've done a sponsor thing before. And to see him out here and come out and support me, I think has been amazing. That's been one of the greatest memories of this week is to see the other New Zealand athletes, see the New Zealand flag out there and them waving and shouting and supporting. It's been amazing.”
Shanshan Feng 274 (70, 67, 68, 69): “Well, of course, China is a very strong country in the Olympics, and we've made so many gold, silver, bronze medals. So my bronze medal maybe doesn't mean that much for the whole number, but to myself it means a lot, because this is golf back in the Olympics after over a hundred years, and I believe it's the first time that a Chinese athlete is competing in this event.”
Charley Hull 276 (68, 66, 74, 68): “My first Olympics was a fantastic experience and I got a good buzz off it. I thought it was great. I felt happy with my performance but it’s a shame I couldn't come away with a medal.”
Gerina Piller 278 (69, 67, 68, 74): “The crowds were awesome today. I didn't know what to expect. There are a lot of people that come to the Olympics that don't really know much about golf. It was pretty impressive that all the people came out.”
Maria Verchenova 280 (75, 70, 73, 62): “I think the whole thing is just me being here and playing here, it means a lot, because that's going to push Russian golf forward, and that's what we need, because Russian golf is kind of steady now; it needs to be pushed forward.”
Lexi Thompson 281 (68, 71, 76, 66): “I've had more messages and more texts from people that don't really watch golf. My parents have gotten messages from people that they haven't heard from in years, and they are watching golf just because it's part of the Olympics. I hope this made a mark for us, and hopefully, we'll be in the Olympics for years to come.”
Leona Maguire 282 (74, 65, 74, 69): “It's been a fantastic week. Obviously going to some of the sport events at the start of the week was great. Got to see Michael Phelps’ last race and then being able to be in the first group here is something I'll never forget on the first morning. And obviously this has been streamed all around the world, so I think it's great for ladies golf in general.”
Aditi Ashok 291 (68, 68, 79, 76): “My Facebook page and Twitter has been going off quite a lot. I'm happy that a lot of people who didn't really watch golf are watching golf now (in India). It's only going to get better from here.”
Miriam Nagl 298 (79, 77, 72, 70): “I think it's obviously making a huge difference that the Brazilians are coming out and supporting as much as they did this week and last week. I hope it's going to make a difference. I think it's a big step to make it big in Brazil.”
Victoria Lovelady 300 (79, 75, 76, 70): “The whole experience was amazing -
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