Kenagh man, Derek Burnett, is going to have to sharpen his sights if he’s to make the clay-pigeon (‘trap’) final following today’s (Monday, August 6) round of the competition in London. Ireland’s only shooter at the Olympics kicked off his qualifying campaign yesterday with a score of 24 after he missed the 19th target in his opening round.
The first three qualifying groups saw just one man shoot a perfect 25 and at the end of the first round there were only six perfect scores from the field of 34.
But an early miss on the third target out in the second round, in which he scored 23, put Burnett under pressure and he finished the third round with another score of 23, ending the day on a total of 70.
That left him in 24th place and he enters today’s session needing three perfect scores if he’s to have any chance of getting through to the final. Nineteen men scored over 70 yesterday, but Michael Diamond (America) was the only one who produced a flawless performance.
The Longford marksman is competing at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolich. This is Burnett’s fourth consecutive appearance at the Olympics, with his best finish to date being Athens 2004, where he came 7th.