Nigeria’s medal hopeful, Ese Brume has qualified for the final of the women’s long jump event at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

With a 6.76m jump on Sunday, Brume placed fourth to claim the final spot in Group B. Ivana Spanovic came first in the group with a jump of 7.00m, while current world champion Malaika Mihambo,  was second with a 6.98m leap. British Virgin Islands’ Chantel Malone (6.82m) came third.

The 25-year-old Brume had won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. This has made her be seen as one of the country’s strong medal prospects in Tokyo. She jumped a distance of 7.17m at the Chule Vista Festival in California in May to shatter Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year long jump record of 7.12m.

This is a repeat of her feat in the last Olympics and she was the only Nigerian athlete who reached the final of her event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio after placing fifth with a leap of 6.81m.

In Group A, Americans Brittney Reese (6.86m) and Tara Davis (6.85m) placed first and second, with Swede Khaddi Sagnia (6.76m) and Great Britain’s Abigail Irozuru (6.75m) also qualifying in third and fourth places.

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