Tokyo Olympics: Great Britain medal hope in skeet shooting Amber Hill tests positive for Covid-19

‘Devastated’ world number one and hoping for gold medal Amber Hill is out of Olympics after testing positive for Covid just before leaving for Japan

  • British shooting medalist hopes to knock Amber Hill, 23, out of Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19 prior to her departure to Tokyo
  • Hill is the number 1 in the world and had a great chance of winning gold in clay pigeon shooting
  • She described the news as “absolutely devastating” as she finds herself in isolation
  • Hill had posted an Instagram video featuring a house decorated with British flags and good luck banners before receiving the news
  • It was followed by another message saying ‘Broken’ on a black screen
  • Read the latest Olympic news in Tokyo, including schedule, medal table and results here

Amber Hill, the world number one and strong hopes for a gold medal in the shooting, is out of the Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19.

The ‘devastated’ skeet specialist, 23, was found to be infected before leaving the UK for Japan.

“There are no words to describe how I feel right now,” said Windsor-born Hill, who was a finalist in Rio 2016.

Hope for British gold medal in shooting Amber Hill out of Olympics after positive test

Skeet shooting specialist Hill, 23, was world No. 1 and had a good chance of winning gold

Skeet shooting specialist Hill, 23, was world No. 1 and had a good chance of winning gold

Hill had posted an Instagram video of her farewell with a banner reading 'Good luck Amber, it's coming home' hung outside a house next to English and British flags.

Hill had posted an Instagram video of her farewell with a banner reading ‘Good luck Amber, it’s coming home’ hung outside a house next to English and British flags.

“After five years of training and preparation, I am devastated that I got a positive Covid-19 test last night meaning I had to withdraw from the Team GB shooting squad.

“Although I have no symptoms, I will now isolate myself according to government guidelines.

“I want to wish everyone from Team GB who is in Tokyo the best of luck, especially the shooting team that has supported me tremendously throughout my career.

“I’ll come back to this, but now I need some time to think and process what happened.”

Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England, added: ‘My heart goes out to Amber and we are just sad for her that she can’t be with us in Tokyo. She is an incredibly gifted athlete and we look forward to seeing her again at a future Olympics.”

The happy sending video was replaced by a black screen and the words 'Broken' when she discovered her positive Covid-19 test

The happy sending video was replaced by a black screen and the words ‘Broken’ when she discovered her positive Covid-19 test

Hill found to be infected with Covid-19 before her departure from the UK to Japan

Hill found to be infected with Covid-19 before her departure from the UK to Japan

Shooting Team Leader, Steven Seligmann, said support would be provided. “This is an incredibly sad situation for Amber after working so hard to earn her Olympic spot for Team GB,” he said.

“Our focus now is to ensure Amber stays safe and healthy, both physically and mentally, and we have the support to help her through this difficult time.”

In March, Hill landed gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in New Delhi.

After winning bronze at the European Shooting Championships in May, she spoke about how ‘everything comes together’. “This year is a time for change and things are on the rise,” she added.

Hill pictured in Britain's uniform during a photo shoot at the NEC in Birmingham in June

Hill pictured in Britain’s uniform during a photo shoot at the NEC in Birmingham in June

Hill posted a photo on social media showing a house decorated with St George’s crosses and a giant banner that read ‘Good luck Amber, it’s coming home’.

She captioned the photo “The best send off.”

So far, no Team GB athletes in Japan have tested positive. The opening ceremony is on Friday. Hill would be in competition on Monday.

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