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Olympics-Shooting-Hancock and English win skeet golds for USA

TOKYO (Reuters) -American shooter Vincent Hancock won the men’s Olympic skeet gold for the third time in the Tokyo Games on Monday.

Hancock, who had won in Beijing (2008) and London (2012), finished ahead of Jesper Hansen of Denmark, who settled for the silver, while the bronze went to Kuwait’s Abdullah Alrashidi.

Earlier, fellow American Amber English won the women’s skeet gold at the Asaka Shooting Range.

Italian Diana Bacosi won the silver, while China’s Wei Meng claimed the bronze.

English, 31, won the women’s event with an Olympic record of 56 after prevailing in a nail-biting finish over defending champion Bacosi, who scored 55.

“I’m very, very happy with the result, and happy I was able to perform,” English said, adding that she was “extremely nervous” at the start.

“I just kept trying to take it back to my training at home, and the weather was super similar at home for me and I just kept trying to take the Olympic greens out of it and just do what I had to do to perform.”

Chiara Cainero, who won the 2008 title in Beijing and finished behind compatriot Bacosi in Rio five years ago, could not get through the qualifying round spread over two days.

London Olympic bronze medallist Danka Bartekova of Slovakia could not make the six-shooter final either and finished 13th.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell and Karishma Singh and Christian Radnedge)

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