Amber Hill is the top-ranked women's skeet shooter in the world ©Getty Images

World number one skeet shooter Amber Hill has been forced to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.

Hill, who is British, has not travelled to Japan, and tested positive for the virus last night.

The 23-year-old now has to self-isolate for 10 days and will miss her event, the women's skeet, which starts on Sunday (July 25).

"Broken is about the only way to describe the pain I'm feeling right now," Hill wrote on Instagram.

"After testing Positive for COVID 19 last night, I will not be competing at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

"Although I have no symptoms, I will now isolate as per Government guidance and will be taking some time off to somehow begin to process everything," she said.

Hill was a semi-finalist at Rio 2016 and in good form, earlier this year winning an International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in New Delhi.

COVID-19 has ended Amber Hill's Tokyo 2020 hopes ©Getty Images
COVID-19 has ended Amber Hill's Tokyo 2020 hopes ©Getty Images

Hill also won a European Games gold medal at Baku 2015 and was runner-up at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Tipped to be a serious medal contender in Tokyo, Hill must now wait until Paris 2024 for the chance to win an Olympic medal.

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

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

No replacement athlete will be selected in Hill's place.

Hill is not the first British athlete to contract COVID-19 before departing for Tokyo and be forced to pull out - the same fate befell tennis player Johanna Konta.