Ese Brume won bronze in the Women’s Lengthy Jump event on Tuesday, ending Team Nigeria’s long quest for a medal at the 2016 Tokyo Olympics.
Ese Brume finished third with a best leap of 6.97m, trailing World champion Malaika Mihambo, who snatched the gold with her final jump of 7.00m.
With the countback rule, Brittney Rees of the United States, who also had a best leap of 6.97m, took silver ahead of Brume.
Nigeria hasn’t won an Olympic medal in athletics in almost a decade.
The final on Tuesday began on a positive note for Brume, who claimed the lead with her first jump of 6.97 metres.
Brume, on the other hand, was unable to build on her promising start in successive efforts.
Ese Brume, the African record holder in the women’s Long Jump, qualified for the final stage on Sunday with a leap of 6.76m, one centimetre longer than the necessary mark.
Ese Brume had the fourth greatest overall jump among the competitors, but in Tuesday’s final, she stepped up her game to win Nigeria’s first medal.
Since the Athletics Integrity Unit disqualified Ruth Usoro, Ese Brume was Nigeria’s sole representative in the jumps in Tokyo. It’s worth noting that Brume was Nigeria’s only medalist at the World Championships in Doha last year, where she also won bronze.
After breaking Chioma Ajunwa’s long-standing 7.12m record in the build-up to the Olympic Games, expectations were high that she would deliver the gold as the Atlanta policewoman did 25 years ago, but that did not happen.
Blessing Okagbare won a silver medal in the Olympic Long Jump event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in addition to Ajunwa’s victory in Atlanta.
Nigeria has now won all three categories of medals in the Women’s Long Jump event, thanks to Brume’s bronze.