1st Lt Amber English became the first US Service member to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics – and she did it in the Women’s Shotgun Skeet competition. Amber is an Army logistics officer and a member of the Army Marksmanship Unit.
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1st Lt Amber English is from Colorado Springs, Colorado and is assigned to Fort Benning, GA. She hit 56 of 60 targets, which is just 3 off the world record by Wei Meng of China, who set a world record during the qualifications. Wei Meng received the Bronze medal today. But the closest competition was with Diana Bacosi of Italy, who won the gold in 2016. The Olympic Games tweeted that the competition had a ‘nail-biting ending.’
Members of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program and Army Marksmanship Unit were in competition Saturday at the Asaka Shooting Range in Saitama prefecture near Tokyo during Olympic competition this week.
Camp Asaka is headquarters of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Eastern Army and the setting for the annual Yama Sakura exercises with U.S. troops.
Top shooters from all over the world are firing at the range, which was built for the 1964 Olympics.Stripes
— Olympics (@Olympics) July 26, 2021
Amber English won the women’s Olympic skeet shooting gold at #Tokyo2020, knocking off reigning champion Diana Bacosi of Italy to bounce back after just missing the U.S. team for the 2012 and 2016 Games. https://t.co/n9je4ZY1b9 pic.twitter.com/hoAnNrA4se— ABC News (@ABC) July 26, 2021
One of #BenningsBest made history at the @Olympics this weekend!— US Army Fort Benning (@FortBenning) July 26, 2021
LT Amber English with @USAMUSoldiers set a record in Skeet Shooting, hitting 56 of 60 targets and bringing home the gold.
What a way to represent the @USArmy!@usarec @PatDonahoeArmy @GoArmy @PaulFunk2 @TRADOC pic.twitter.com/Re5QNTfJhv
It was clean sweep for the USA in skeet shooting today with Vincent Hancock winning gold in the men’s shotgun Skeet He hit 59 of 60 targets, setting an Olympic Record as well. William Shaner took gold in the men’s 10 meter air rifle also.
All I could control was just my own shooting and my own emotions.1st Lt Amber English
Other members of the Army Marksmanship Unit are at the Olympics for various events: Spc. Alison Weisz, Spc. Sagen Maddalena, Army Staff Sgt. Nick Mowrer, Army Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft, and Sgt. Patrick Sunderman. Mowrer and Uptagrafft both failed to qualify for one event, but will be shooting in others.
Congratulations 1st Lt Amber English!
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