African Record holder in the women’s Long Jump, Ese Brume has said setting African record in the event gave her confidence to perform well at the Tokyo Olympics.
The 25-year-old who is over the moon after winning Nigeria’s first Athletics medal since 2008, said she doesn’t settle for less.
She won the Bronze medal with her best leap of 6.97m in a highly competitive final at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Tuesday. Germany’s Malaika Mihambo and the USA’s Brittney Reese took the gold and silver medals respectively.
Speaking with members of the press after her spectacular feat, Brume, said the colour of her medal doesn’t really matter as she is just excited at having finished on the podium.
“I’m just excited, I’m grateful. I’m super happy that I was able to make it to the Top 3. I really want to thank God. I can’t contain my joy; it doesn’t matter the medal; I’m just super happy I made Top 3.
“This medal means that God is alive, Jesus is alive. It has been a great season even though I got injured in April, but I never settled for less. I never looked at the situation but I kept on pushing and my coach kept on pushing and told me ‘Ese you can do it’. Thank God I’m here today,” the Doha 2019 Bronze medallist said.
It could be recalled that the three-time African Champion in May soared to a World Lead and African Record of 7.17m. She added that superlative feat boosted her confidence coming to Tokyo.
“Setting the African Record boosted my confidence because then my injury was still fresh yet I was able to set that record and a Personal Best, so I thought to myself that yes I could do it and my coach thought same as well, so we never settled for less”, she added.
Brume has another opportunity to win a medal in the women’s 4x100m which gets underway on August 5th.
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