Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Ese Brume Wins Bronze Medal In Long Jump
Nigerian athlete Ese Brume came third, taking the bronze medal in the women’s long jump event at the Tokyo Olympics, giving Team Nigeria its first official medal.
The 25-year-old Brume recorded a 6.97 metres jump in the final of the event at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium to win her first Olympic medal as she placed behind American Brittney Reese who claimed the silver medal with a jump of 6.97m also.
Germany’s Malaika Mihambo won the event’s gold medal, having saved her best for the last, by snatching victory from Reese with a season best jump of 7.00m.
Ese who is the 2019 African Games champion, led after the fourth attempt with a second-best jump of 6.88, which put her back into the overall lead.
On the fifth attempt, Reese took the lead a 6.95m jump then heading into the final round the battle for the gold medal was between Mihambo, Reese and Brume.
Mihambo on her last jump scored 7.00m which moved her from bronze into gold position.
The last time Nigerian won a medal in any track and field event was in 2008 when Blessing Okagbare won a silver medal in long jump in Beijing.
Another feather to Ese’s cap is that she and Glory Anozie are the only Nigerians to win individual medals at both the Worlds and the Olympics.