Ese Brume earns qualification for Women’s Long Jump Final at Tokyo Olympics
Nigerian Long Jump sensation Ese Brume delivered a quite optimal performance to earn progress to the final of the women’s Long Jump event, surpassing the qualification standard of 6.75m by just a centimeter in Group B of the first round on Sunday morning.
Brume, who’s been one of Nigeria’s best medal prospects in the lead-up to Games, made sure to leave nothing to chance as she sealed automatic qualification with her final attempt, leaping 6.76m.
The 25-year-old, whose Season Best of 7.17m is the farthest jumped by any athlete in the event this season, barely stepped on the take-off board to leap 6.68m on her first attempt. She remained conservative yet again for second attempt with which she got a rather modest 6.55m.
But Brume did well to surpass the 6.75 qualification standard mark in her third and final attempt as she finished fourth on rankings in Group B.
For the final, she will have it all to do against big contenders like Malaika Mihambo, 2016 Olympics bronze medallist Ivana Spanovic who finished first in Sunday’s qualification round with a SB of 7.00m, four-time World Champion Brittney Reese, and reigning NCAA Champion Tara Davis.
The final is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, starting 2:50am (Nigerian time).