The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has named the athletes that will fly the nations flag at the World Athletics Indoor Championships which runs from 18-20 March, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.
World and Olympics long jump bronze medallist Ese Brume tops the list which has Ruth Usoro, the reigning NCAA indoor champion in the triple jump and the 4x400m quartet of Sikiru Adeyemi, Ifeanyi Ojeli, Nathaniel Samson and Timonthy Emeoghene.
Brume, competing in her first World Indoor Championships will be aspiring to become the second Nigerian woman after Glory Alozie to win medals at both the indoor and outdoor World Athletics championships.
Brume has not competed indoors since February 2020 but the 25-year-old who set a new 7.17m African outdoor mark last May will be Nigeria’s biggest hope for an indoor medal this year.
Usoro, like Brume, will also be competing in her first World Indoor Championships a year after conquering the NCAA indoors and outdoor.
Unlike Brume, the 24-year-old has competed indoors this year and will be in action this weekend at the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Alabama where she will be hoping to add the long jump title to the triple jump she won last year.
Usoro holds a personal season’s best of 6.59m in the long jump and 13.66m in the triple jump.
Nigeria has won a total of 11 medals made up of two gold (Sunday Bada, 400m in 1997 and Olusoji Fasuba, 60m in 2008), six silver and three bronze medals.
Long jumper Paul Emordi won Nigeria’s first medal in the history of the championships when he leapt 8.01m to win the silver medal at the inaugural edition of the championships at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, USA in 1987.
The late Sunday Bada remains the only Nigerian to have won multiple medals in the history of the championships after winning silver medals in the 400m event in 1993 and 1995 before becoming the first Nigerian to be crowned World Indoor champion in 1997 in Paris, France.