'Devastated': Gold medal favourite 'broken' in Olympics disaster

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Amber Hill (pictured left) with a medal at the Commonwealth Games and (pictured right) smiling for a photo.
Gold medal favourite Amber Hill (pictured) has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics due to testing positive for Covid-19. (Images: Getty Images/Instagram)

World No.1 Amber Hill has been left 'broken' after withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics due to a positive Covid-19 test before she arrived in Tokyo.

Hill, the gold medal favourite in the women's skeet shooting competition, tested positive in the mandatory 96-hour or 72-hour test required before flying to Tokyo.

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She joined British stars Johanna Konta and Dan Evans withdrawing from the Games.

The top ranked shooting star took to social media to describe her devastation.

"There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now," she wrote.

“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."

She also took to Instagram: “Broken is about the only way to describe the pain I’m feeling.”

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Hill's withdrawal will only heighten tension around the British camp after six athletes have been forced to self-isolate in Yokohama after they were deemed to have been close contacts to a case on their flight.

While Great Britain officials are confident their 'robust' measures will keep their players safe from Covid-19, it will come to no solace to Hill or the six athletes in isolation fearing the worst.

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So far, seven international athletes have tested positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo.

A Chilean taekwondo star and a Dutch skateboarder were also the first to be definitely ruled out of the Games as a result.

This follows news on Wednesday that the head of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee hadn't ruled out cancelling the Games if Covid-19 cases spike.

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