Team USA's Amber English earns gold in the Skeet women's finals

The skeet shooter from United States secured her first Olympic medal at the Olympic Games and also set a new Olympic record 

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Amber English scooped her first Olympic gold medal after winning the Skeet women's finals today 26 July at the Asaka Shooting Range.

The skeet shooter, who comes from a family of competitive shooters, showcased nerves of steel as she eclipsed her opponents after earning 56 points in the finals, setting a new Olympic record.

After an intense battle to the finish, English got emotional and shed tears of joy.

"All I could control in the final was just my own shooting and my own emotions, but it's always down to the last wire with the skeet," English told the press afterwards.

"We are very fortunate to be here to be able to compete. You know everyone wanted to compete last year but we are very fortunate to still be here and do what we do. We appreciate everything," English added.

English, who has four world cup medals to her name (2010, 2016, 2018, 2019), is only the second American to win the women's skeet shooting event.

Kim Rhode won silver in the same event in Beijing 2008, gold in London 2012 and bronze in Rio 2016.

Silver for Bacosi

Meanwhile Rio 2016 gold medallist Diana Bacosi from Italy succumbed to second place with just one point behind English whilst WEI Meng from People's Republic of China claimed bronze with a total of 46 hits.

"It's difficult to win a title, much more difficult to win a second title, but I'm very happy with this silver medal," Bacosi told the press after the event.

"It has been a hard last year because of the pandemic, in Italy especially. I wanted to come here to have a new beginning and I wanted to confirm the Olympic title that I won in Rio and I'm very happy to be a part of the last part of the competition for the silver and gold medals.

"I'm so proud and want to dedicate this medal to all Italian people."

WEI Meng, who was touted as a strong contender for gold in today's event, was happy with her performance.

"I think it was pretty good, except for a few details in the final.

"I was a little bit slow today for the final and the first target, I was not very satisfied. However, I adjusted and I was happy that the last 30 targets I did well."

She follows in the footsteps of her sister WEI Ning who won silver in women's skeet at Athens 2004 and London 2012.