Amber Hill wins World Cup gold in Cyprus

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GB’s Amber Hill won Skeet gold at the ISSF World Cup in Cyprus, in a tough battle fought in difficult weather conditions.

She qualified in third spot with a score of 116 ex 125, and held her nerve in the strong wind to finish on top of the podium with a final score of 34 ex 40, six ahead of silver medallist Danka Bartekova from Slovakia.

Amber was competing in her first international of the season following the disappointment of missing out on Tokyo 2020 due to Covid last year. 

Meanwhile, 2,000 miles away in Norway, Paralympic rifle shooter Ryan Cockbill secured R4 silver at the WSPS 10m European Championships.

The two individual medals were capped off with a team silver medal in Norway from R4 shooters, Ryan Cockbill, James Bevis and Tim Jeffery. 

After finishing top of the podium, 24-year-old Amber said: “I’m really pleased that I’ve come away with a gold medal at my first competition of the year  – it was really unexpected.

“I have been training hard, but to actually see the hard work pay off, especially after everything that didn’t happen last year with the Olympics, I’m just really pleased.

“The feeling of coming home with a medal for my country never gets old, and I’d like to thank UK Sport and the National Lottery as well as all my sponsors for supporting my journey.”

Elsewhere in Olympic Skeet, Jess Burgess was competing in her first international and showed real promise as she finished in 11th place in qualification having missed out on a spot in the semi-final after a shoot-off for 8th place.

Read more on the British Shooting website.

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