Ese Brume wins Nigeria’s first Olympic medal in Athletics in 13 years!
Long Jump sensation Ese Brume has opened Team Nigeria’s account of medals at the Tokyo Olympics after clinching Bronze medal in her event in the early hours of Tuesday (Nigerian time).
Brume, who was indeed one of Nigeria’s best medal prospects leading up to the Games, delivered a superb performance to finish 3rd in the Women’s Long Jump final with a leap of 6.97m.
The mark which won the 25-year-old her medal was actually reached in her very first attempt in the final as all efforts she made to soar past the 7-meter mark in subsequent rounds did not materialise.
Her other legal marks going forward were 6.67m, 6.88m and 6.90m.
Germany’s Malaika Mihambo came up clutch with her final attempt to clinch Gold medal with a Season’s Best (SB) of 7.00m. USA’s Brittney Reese had to settle for Silver with 6.97m, edging Nigeria’s Brume on countback as the American’s second-best jump was 6.95m (5th attempt).
Despite dropping down two medal places in the final round, Brume was visibly so elated at the end of the event upon clinching the Bronze medal, and why won’t she? She had just won Nigeria’s first individual medal in Athletics in the last 13 years!
Nigeria has had so little to cheer about at Games, especially for Track and Field events, since Blessing Okagbare clinched Silver to help Nigeria finish with a total of five medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
But Ese Brume has now finally broken the jinx to make complete Nigeria’s collection of medals in the Long Jump. Chioma Ajunwa won Nigeria’s only individual Gold medal till date in the Long Jump back in 1996. 12 years later came Okagbare’s Silver – which was actually upgraded from Bronze after Tatyana Lebedeva was stripped of her Silver medal after failing a doping test.
Now, Brume’s Bronze means Nigeria has won all available medals in the women’s Long Jump event!
Notably, this is only Ese Brume’s second appearance at the Olympics Games – the first being at the Rio 2016 Olympics in which she finished 5th with a leap of 6.81m.