SHOCKING: World Number One Skeet Shooter Amber Hill Tests Positive-Withdraws From Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/21/2021, 10:57 AM EDT


Tokyo Olympics 2020 is just a few days away and the virus threat is still hanging on the heads of athletes. World number one skeet shooter Amber Hill tested positive before leaving for Tokyo.

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Great Britain’s Amber had the best shot at clinching the Olympic gold. 23-year-old was all set to fly out for Tokyo, but her dreams were shattered as her positive report came in.

Heartbreaking for the phenomenal shooter

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Amber Hill was going to compete in her second mega-quadrennial game. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, she competed at 19. However, she missed out on the medal in the finals.

Skeet women shooter had an incredible year, from reaching world top to clinching gold medal. At the 2021 ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, she outnumbered her counterparts to win gold.

Amber had a heartwarming departure from home before leaving for Tokyo. Her family had banners saying ‘ Good luck Amber, it’s coming home.’ But within 24 hours, she had to withdraw.

“Broken”- Amber Hill

Amber Hill posted a story on Instagram saying “broken.” Following this, she posted her devastating news of withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Hill said, “Broken is about the only way to describe what pain I’m feeling right now. After testing Positive for COVID 19 last night, I will not be competing at Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.”

However, she also mentioned that she doesn’t have any symptoms but will isolate herself as per government guidelines. And further wished the team the best of luck.

This is a setback for the whole Great Britain team as Hill was a gold medal contender. Amber has been training for years and was at the peak of her performance.

Great Britain’s team count at four for Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Amber Hill was the fifth member selected for team Great Britain. Hopefully, skeet shooter will now aim at the 2024 Olympics.

In Men’s trap event, Matt Coward-Holley and Aaron Heading will represent the team. While in the women’s trap event, Kirsty Barr has qualified. Seonaid McIntosh will compete in two events 50m rifle, 3 positions, and 10m air rifle.

Amber was the most experienced shooter on the team, with the most realistic shot for a podium finish. Her absence at Tokyo Olympics 2020 will make team’s podium finish chances weak in shooting.

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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