1st Lt Amber English Wins Gold at Tokyo Olympics

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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.

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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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