Amber English competing in the 2018 ISSF World Cup Shotgun competition on April 28, 2018 in Chanwong, South Korea.
In the penultimate ISSF World Cup Shotgun competition of the season, Caitlin Connor and Amber English both earned their first medals.
Connor took silver and English bronze in women’s skeet at the world cup stop Wednesday in Lahti, Finland. Connor was in a standoff with China’s Wei Meng for the first half of the competition, fighting for the top spot before Wei pulled ahead to win the gold medal with 54 out of 60 targets hit. Connor hit 52 targets and English 40 out of 50.
Connor and English were part of an historic U.S. sweep at the shotgun world championships in 2018, taking gold and bronze, respectively, along with six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode’s silver. Rhode did not compete in Lahti after winning the first three world cup events of the season.
Connor qualified in first place and was one of three who were perfect through six. She missed her 10th shot as Wei stayed perfect and moved into first place. Through 14, Connor and English were tied with one other shooter with 13.
Wei missed her first shot of the competition shortly thereafter as Italy’s Martina Bartolomei dropped off the back, whittling it down to five. That put Wei and Connor in a tie for first with 19 out of 20 and English in fourth place with 16.
Wei and Connor both missed on the 24th target to stay in a tie for first after 25 targets.
Connor then missed a pair of shots and fell to second place as English battled to stay ahead of Italy’s Chiara Di Marziantonio.
With 10 targets to go, Di Marziantonio was ousted to ensure both Americans a spot on the podium.
This was English’s first world cup medal finish of the season after winning one silver and one bronze last year. Connor won a pair of silver medals in 2018 and was fourth at this year’s world cup in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Al Ain is also the site of the world cup final, taking place Oct. 9-14.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.