Hill thrilled with World Cup gold in Malta

Hill thrilled with World Cup gold in Malta

09 June 2018 / 12:24

Shooting sensation Amber Hill admitted to finally land another World Cup gold medal left her thrilled beyond words as her star continues to rise.

The 20-year-old from Windsor topped the podium in the women’s skeet final in Siggiewi, Malta after negotiating windy conditions en route to success.

The Brit was sat three hits behind Amber English of the United States from the first 20 targets, before missing just twice in the next 20 and hitting 19 from 20 in the third round to finish in top spot with 52 targets out of 60.

English finished second with 48 targets hit, while Zhang Donglian of China was third with 35.

Hill’s victory was her first World Cup triumph in five years following her maiden success in Mexico when she was just 15.

It adds to the bronze and silver she has already bagged in respective World Cup rounds earlier in the competition in Guadalajara and Changwon, and there was no wiping the smile from the face of the talented youngster.

“I am so happy to be coming away with another gold medal,” said Hill, who also won gold in the 2015 European Games in Baku.

“It was building with bronze, then silver and now gold. I’m absolutely over the moon – I can’t put it into words – it’s incredible.

“It was windy all day, so the conditions weren’t perfect, but I think that’s what made it interesting, it’s so up and down, targets were very difficult but I just stayed focused.

“I missed a pair right at the start but knew that if I went back to the basics that I do in training, I felt I could bring it back and that’s exactly what I did.

“I feel I am able to perform well in these windy conditions – it really means a lot to me and the progress I’ve made along this journey.

“There’s so many great athletes in the final and it really means a lot to be able to shoot alongside them and come away with a gold medal against such great competition.”

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