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Derek Burnett completes his 5th Olympic games

Jul 29, 2021 09:07 By Sean McCaffrey
Derek Burnett completes his 5th Olympic games Derek Burnett completes his 5th Olympic games
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The Longford shooter missed out on making the knockout stages

Derek Burnett finished in 26th place after day two of qualification in the Men's shooting Trap at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Longford man who is competing at his fifth games, posted a total of 118, missing just one target in each of his final four round. However it was not enough for him to qualify for the next round, with the top six going through.

Burnett missed his first shot of the day but got into his rhythm after that. "The first one was the one that did all the damage" explained Burnett. "I missed three targets and really, you’re out of the running after missing three targets".

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Having debuted at Sydney 2000 this was Burnett's fifth Olympic Games. Burnett’s score of 118 is just one shot down on the performance that earned him ninth place in Athens.

“You’re always pushing for a 25, but it just didn’t seem to be in the script here" added Burnett. "I shot four 24’s after, and they were all good, but with the level that’s here at this Olympics, it’s just unbelievable.”

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