Tokyo 2020: Nigeria Wins First Medal of Competition

Written by on August 3, 2021

Long jumper Ese Brume has won Nigeria’s first medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Ese Brume is a three-time African senior champion in the long jump and holds a personal record of 7.17m. She is the African junior record holder in the event and also a five-time junior champion in athletics.

She is Nigeria’s sole representative in the jumps in Tokyo since the disqualification of Ruth Usoro by the Athletics Integrity Unit. Usoro had met the qualifying standards for both the Long and Triple jump events but was denied a debut appearance at the Games.

Brume, 25, was Nigeria’s only medalist at the last World Championship in Doha and now she is an Olympic medalist.

She claimed the bronze medal in the women’s long jump at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Tuesday.

She achieved the feat with a 6.97m jump, two days after she qualified for the finals with a jump of 6.76m.

Germany’s Malaika Mihambo beat Brume to the gold medal with a 7.00m jump while Brittney Reese of the United States won the silver medal.

Brume’s win adds to positive news for Nigeria at the Olympics after a run of negative news of defeats and the disqualification of some of the country’s athletes.

On Monday, Blessing Oborududu beat Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold to reach the final of the women’s freestyle 68kg wrestling. The win guarantees Nigeria another medal at the Olympics.

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