Sixth Place Finish For Amber Hill
Amber Hill finished sixth in the Women’s Skeet at her first ever Olympic Games in Rio.
The teenage shooter from Berkshire entered the Skeet alongside experienced compatriot Elena Allen who was competing at her third Games.
Amber and Elena both started qualification earlier in the day in good form, each recording 23/25 in their first round. However, fortunes changed as Amber went on to shoot 24/25 in her second round, whilst Elena hit a disappointing 18/25.
With both Brits recording 23/25 in their final round, Amber progressed to the semi-finals in tied 4th overall on 70/75. For Elena, a Silver medalist in the Women’s Skeet at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, her second round score cost her dearly, as she finished qualification in tied 14th on 64/75.
Once in the semi-final Amber faced up against experienced campaigners including the likes of five time Olympic medallist Kimberly Rhode and 2008 Olympic Skeet champion Chiara Cainero.
With targets dropped on her fourth, eighth and twelfth shots, Amber finished the semi-final in sixth place on 13/16.
American Kimberly Rhodes edged a tense a shoot off against Meng Wei from China in the Bronze medal match. In taking the Bronze medal, Kimberly becomes the first ever Olympian to win a medal on five different continents.
In the Gold medal match, Chiara Cainero came up against fellow Italian Diana Bacosi. Dropping just one target, Bacosi took Gold with 15/16. Cainero finished on 14/16 to take the Silver.