Tokyo 2020: Ese Brume wins Nigeria’s first medal

Tokyo 2020: Ese Brume wins Nigeria’s first medal

Ese Brume has given Nigeria her first medal in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics after leaping to an impressive 6.97 metres to take bronze in the women’s Long Jump event on Tuesday morning.

United States’ Brittney Reese won silver with the same jump as Brume but placed second on a comeback.

Onto the second attempt and the medal contenders bunched up at the top with Mihambo moving to within 2cm of Brume’s 6.97m and Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic in third (6.91m).

USA’s Reese took the top spot on the third attempt, in front of Brume’s jump of 6.97m by virtue of having the second-longest effort, but the Nigerian’s second-best jump of 6.88 on her fourth attempt put her back into the overall lead.

Reese’s fourth attempt of 6.87m meant she trailed Brume by a single centimetre, but the 34-year-old continued to show her great consistency as she moved into the lead on her fifth attempt with a 6.95m jump.

Into the final round and it was a battle between Mihambo, Reese and Brume for the gold medal. On Mihambo’s last jump, she leapt 7.00m to move from bronze into gold position.

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Ese Brume finished knowing she would finish in bronze position with her final jump of 6.90m. Reese scored 6.84m to take silver.

Malaika Mihambo of Germany won gold with her final jump with a leap of 7.00m while Britney Reese of the USA who earlier tied with Ese Brume took home the silver medal.

Ese Brume recently broke Chioma Ajunwa’s 25 years African women’s long jump record in the US at the Chula Vista Field festival in California.

She leaped 7.17 meters to break Ajunwa’s record of 7.13m set at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games was also the world leader in the long jump women’s event prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

She achieved the feat after her sixth attempt, having jumped 6.75m, 6.83m, 6.83m, 6.88m, and 6.83m respectively.

At the Turkish championships in Bursa on August 5, 2019, she broke the 7-meter barrier for the first time in her career and surpassed the mark twice in the competition.

She leaped 7.05m and achieved the second-best African performance in history.

Two months later, she won the bronze medal in the World Championships in Doha with a jump of 6.91m.

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