WATCH: Army Lt. Amber English wins gold at Tokyo Olympics

Amber English
Photo credit U.S. Army photo

At the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Amber English has won the gold medal in skeet shooting.

English, a long-time competitive shooter, worked as a paramedic before joining the Army where she was assigned to the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) at Ft. Benning, GA.

English hit 56 of 60 targets to set an Olympic record to beat 2016 gold medalist Diana Bacosi of Italy by one. China's Wei Meng took the bronze.

English isn't the only AMU soldier participating in this year's Olympics. Also competing representing the U.S. are Spc. Alison Weisz, Sgt. Phillip Jungman, Spc. Sagen Maddalena, and Sgt. Patrick Sunderman according to an Army press release. Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft and Staff Sgt. Nicholas Mowrer are Army reservists are also competing but are not assigned to AMU.

The Army's website describes AMU's mission as to win, "national and international shooting competitions, supports Army marketing engagements, and advances small arms lethality to demonstrate Army marksmanship capability, connects America to its Army and enhances marksmanship effectiveness in combat."

AMU not only represents the U.S. Army in shooting competitions around the world but also spreads its skills and expertise throughout the Army itself.

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