Burnett to compete at London Olympics

Longford native Derek Burnett is the latest addition to the list of Olympians representing Ireland at London 2012 for his fourth appearance at the Games.

Longford native Derek Burnett is the latest addition to the list of Olympians representing Ireland at London 2012 for his fourth appearance at the Games.

Burnett qualified for the Olympic Trap after the Irish Clay Pigeon Association received an allocation for the event. The Kenagh man’s impressive bronze medal finish at the 2012 ESC Championships recently held in the Russian city of Kazan put him in serious contention for a place on the Irish team. His skills also make him one of the few athletes to be eligible for the Irish Sports Council’s €40,000 Podium grant.

The London Olympics will be the fourth consecutive time Burnett has represented his country in the competition. His best placing to date was at Athens 2004 where he finished ninth, narrowly missing out on a spot in the finals.

The sharpshooter’s participation continues a strong tradition of Irish clay pigeon shooters at the Olympics, with the country being represented at every event since Mexico City in 1968.