Nigeria has finally won its first medal in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 as medal hopeful, Ese Brume won a bronze medal in the women’s long jump event.

Germany’s Malaika Mihambo won the gold medal, snatching victory from former champion Brittney Reese with her last leap of the competition.

Mihambo was in the bronze medal position ahead of her final jump. But she jumped to the first position after  powering down the runway to register a season-best jump of 7.00 metres.

The result left 2012 Olympic champion Reese – who had led the competition with a best jump of 6.97m – with one final attempt to reclaim the lead. But the American could only manage 6.84 with her last leap to settle for silver.

IThis success for Brume at the Olympics followed her bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. The 25-year-old had already jumped a distance of 7.17m at the Chule Vista Festival in California in May, and shattered Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year long jump record of 7.12m.

With her jump being the World Lead going into the Olympics, she became a medal prospect. In the standings, Ese Brume was the only Nigerian athlete who reached the final of her event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where she placed fifth with a leap of 6.81m.

More to come….

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