Thursday 14 December 2017

Heartbreak for Burnett

Derek Burnett missed out on the semi-finals of the shooting trap section of the European Games by just two points
Derek Burnett missed out on the semi-finals of the shooting trap section of the European Games by just two points

Dave Hooper

Derek Burnett agonisingly missed out on the semi-finals of the shooting trap contest by just two points in Baku yesterday.

The top six qualified for the semi-final. Burnett had fired well on Tuesday's day one of qualification for the later stages.

Of his three rounds, the Longford man landed two top marks of 25 and a 23.

In the first of the two final rounds during yesterday's day two, Burnett missed the maximum, hitting a 24 marker, requiring a final shot of 25; he shot 23, leaving him just two points short.

It was a heartbreaking finish for the Longford man, who aims to qualify for the Rio Olympics next summer - which would be his fifth Games.

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