Team GB's gold medal hopeful out of Olympics after positive Covid test

Amber Hill, one of Team GB’s best hopes of securing an Olympic gold medal, has pulled out of the Games after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 23-year-old, who is ranked world No.1 in her sport, was due to compete in the Women’s Olympic Skeet competition.

But Hill, who won silver at the shooting World Cup in May and finished sixth at the Olympics in Rio in 2016, is now the third Team GB member to pull out of the Games after testing positive for coronavirus as tennis duo Johanna Konta and Dan Evans were ruled out earlier this month.

‘There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now,’ said Hill.

‘After five years of training and preparation, I’m absolutely devastated to say that last night I received a positive Covid-19 test, meaning I’ve had to withdraw from Team GB’s shooting team.

‘Although I don’t have any symptoms, I will now isolate as per the Government guidance.

‘I would like to wish the best of luck to all of Team GB who are out in Tokyo, especially the shooting team who have supported me massively throughout my career.

‘I will be back from this, but right now I need some time to reflect and take in what has happened.’

Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England said: ‘My heart goes out to Amber, and we’re just sad for her that she is unable to join us in Tokyo.

‘She is an incredibly gifted athlete and we dearly hope to see her again at a future Olympic Games.’

Shooting team leader Steven Seligmann said: ‘This is an incredibly sad situation for Amber after she’s worked so hard to earn her Olympic place for Team GB.

‘Our focus is to now make sure Amber is kept safe and well, both physically and mentally, and we have the support in place to help her through this difficult period.’

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