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American Amber English wins gold at Tokyo Olympics in women's skeet shooting

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TOKYO — U.S. shooter Amber English took gold in women’s skeet with 56 hits, setting an Olympic record at the Asaka Shooting Range.

English, 31, only missed four shots in the final, finishing ahead of Italy’s Diana Bacosi (51 hits), and China’s Wei Meng (46 hits). She entered the final in third position after finishing the qualifier with 121 hits, four shy of a perfect score.

The Colorado Springs native is a first-time Olympian who contended for a spot on the 2012 and 2016 Olympic teams. She joined the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and is working toward becoming an Army officer.

Bacosi, the silver medalist, was the gold medal winner in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Amber English competes in the women's skeet at the Asaka Shooting Range.
Amber English competes in the women's skeet at the Asaka Shooting Range.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Amber English wins women's skeet shooting gold at Tokyo Olympics