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Rio Olympics 2016: Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Chaurasia, and Aditi Ashok to represent India in golf

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Anirban Lahiri is India’s best bet for a medal at Rio Olympics 2016

Rio Olympics 2016 is less than a month away and there is one more positive news for Indian Olympic contingent. After the Indian men's 4*400m relay team clocked a record timing of 3:00.38 in the men's 4*400m relay and booked an August date at Rio yesterday, three golfers joined the largest ever contingent.

Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia, and Aditi Ashok will be going to the Summer Olympic Games based on their rankings.The cut off for the Rio Olympics is 60 in the world ranking, and it officially closes today, i.e on July 11.

For the Olympics, the IOC has restricted the IGF to a field of 60 players for each of the men's and women's competition. 

While Lahiri and Chowrasia almost sealed a berth before, Aditi, the 18-year-old teenager from Bangalore moved to 57 and secured a berth after the US Women's Open results last night. Liv Cheng of New Zealand, Miriam Nagl, and Victoria Lovelady are behind her.

Golf is making a return to the Olympics for the first time after the 1904 St. Louis Games and this sport can be counted as one of our medal prospects, going by Anirban Lahiri’s form over the last couple of years. 

While a number of top-ranked male golfers have withdrawn from the Rio Games due to Zika fears, the top-ranked Indian golfer, Lahiri, currently ranked 62nd in the world, will represent India at the biggest sporting extravaganza of the world.

All eyes shall be pinned on him, as he begins his journey at Rio.

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