By Todd Kortemeier | June 08, 2018, 2:37 p.m. (ET)
Amber English competes in the women's skeet final at the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun on June 27, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

 

Colorado Springs, Colorado, native Amber English halted a two-year world cup medal drought in April with a bronze in Changwon, South Korea. She did herself one better at the next ISSF World Cup stop in Siggiewi, Malta, earning a silver in women’s skeet on Friday.

English was the second qualifier on Thursday, trailing top seed Amber Hill of Great Britain 112-111. English actually shot her way to the lead in the final before Hill tightened up down the stretch, taking the gold over English, 52-48. Donglian Zhang of China finished third. Caitlin Connor was fifth, while six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode was seventh, just missing the final.

Prior to her bronze in Changwon, English had gone without a medal at a world cup since winning her first career gold in 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. She was the 2013 national champion and finished second at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to Rhode.

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English’s father, Mike, was a USA Shooting national team member from 1978 to 1988, and was the 1981 national champion in running target. He later became president and chairman of USA Shooting. Mike English died in 2016 while on a diving trip celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary.

The Siggiewi world cup circuit continues through Thursday, June 14.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.