The first US service member wins gold medal at the Olympics in Tokyo. First Lieutenant Amber English came out in first place in the women’s shotgun skeet event on Monday.
English, 31, is a logistics officer and member of the Army Marksmanship Unit. She bested the previous 2016 women’s skeet gold medalist, Diana Bacosi of Italy.
The games’ official Twitter account tweeted, “Amber English wins gold with an Olympic Record of 56 in the women’s skeet final after a nail-biting ending.”
English, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, hit 56 of 60 targets at the event, just three off the world record held by Wei Meng of China, who took bronze Monday.
“All I could control was just my own shooting and my own emotions,” she told reporters after the win. “Skeet shooting always comes down to the wire,” she said.
She added she had trained hard and was fortunate to be able to put it together at the right time.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said his congratulations to Amber English on her victory and Olympic record. “Your country is extremely proud of you today, and I’m so glad you’re representing us,” he wrote.
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