IOC Refugee Olympic Team shooter Luna Solomon competes in 10m air rifle: 'The journey is not easy' 

Trained by Olympic champion shooter Niccolo Campriani, Solomon missed out on the final. But is already eyeing Paris 2024.

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Eyes aimed at making her Olympic debut, IOC Refugee Olympic Team shooter Luna Solomon did just that on Saturday (24 July).

Solomon, originally from Eritrea, finished in 50th place in the women's 10m air rifle, the first event to hand out medals at Tokyo 2020.

While she didn't advance to the final, just competing was important to the 27-year-old, a mother, and who trains under Olympic champion shooter Niccolo Campriani of Italy.

"The journey is not easy, but it is possible to progress and succeed in sports and activities like people born of other nationalities," Solomon said Thursday before she competed.

"I left my country (Eritrea) because of a lack of freedoms. I like my country and I miss my country and I hope I am back in my country one day, but for the moment I am staying in the Olympic city [Lausanne, Switzerland]."

Solomon is already eyeing Paris 2024: "I am going to continue with sport until Paris 2024. I want to participate in those Olympic Games."

Campriani helped introduce the sport to Solomon in recent years after her 2015 move to Switzerland.

They are both featured in the Olympic Channel Original Series, Taking Refuge.

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