Derek Burnett

Tokyo 2020: Derek Burnett fails to make Trap shoot final

Ireland’s Derek Burnett finished in 26th position in the Trap men’s qualification, missing out on a place in the final.

Burnett, competing in his fifth Olympics, shot a total score of 118, with just the top six progressing to the final.

Three missed targets in yesterday’s first round of the competition proved costly, but the Longford shooter had responded very strongly, missing just one target in the second and third rounds of day one.

 

Derek Burnett

 

Today’s qualification day at the Asaka Shooting Range saw the shooters complete their final two rounds, with Burnett picking up where he left off, posting two more 24-shot rounds.

The 51-year-old missed his first shot of the day but got into his rhythm after that, finishing his competition as consistently as possible.

Burnett, who debuted at Sydney 2000, finished with an overall score of 118 which was just one shot down on the performance that earned him 9th place in Athens in 2004.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport afterwards, Burnett acknowledged that his first-round score of 22 hampered his potential qualification chances, saying: “The first one was the one that did all the damage, I missed three targets and really, you’re out of the running after missing three targets.

Burnett’s consistency across the final four rounds was impressive, but felt he needed a perfect score along the way: “You’re always pushing for a 25, but it just didn’t seem to be in the script here.

“I shot four 24s after, and they were all good, but with the level that’s here at this Olympics – it’s just unbelievable.”

 

The Czech Republic’s Jiri Liptak finished top of the qualification with a near perfect score of 124, one shot ahead of Britain’s Matthew Coward-Holley who also qualified for the final along with four other shooters.

 

Derek Burnett made history in Tokyo by becoming just the third Irish person to compete at five Olympic Games, the 51-year-old Longford shooter finishing 26th in the men’s trap qualification today with a score of 118.

Race walker Rob Heffernan and sailor David Wilkins are the only other two to rack up five Olympic appearances for Ireland and Burnett once again gave a good account of himself. With only the top six progressing to the final, his score today meant he missed out, with three missed targets in the first round yesterday proving costly. He responded well in the second and third rounds, missing just one target.

Today’s qualification day at the Asaka shooting range saw competitors complete their final two rounds, with Burnett picking up where he left off, posting two more 24-shot rounds. He missed his first shot of the day but got into his rhythm after that, finishing his competition as consistently as possible. Having debuted on this stage at Sydney 2000, Burnett’s score of 118 is just one shot down on the performance that earned him ninth place in Athens 2004.

 

Derek Burnett

 

Derek Burnett’s fifth appearance at an Olympics concluded with a score of 118 this morning to secure a 26th place finish.

The Longford shooter missed just one target in each of his final four rounds, but bows out as only the top six progress to the final.

Burnett finished with a total points score of 70 yesterday which left him with an uphill battle today. The top score after day two was Czech trap shooter Jiří Lipták with 124.

Speaking to RTE after the event, he explained his first-round hindered his chances of a final spot.

 

“The first one was the one that did all the damage, I missed three targets and really, you’re out of the running after missing three targets.”