Nigeria’s medal hopeful at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Ese Brume has broken a 25-year long African record, set by compatriot Chioma Ajunwa at the Atlanta games in 1996.
At the Chula Vista Field Festival in California over the weekend, Brume leapt a distance of 7.17m in the long jump event, breaking Chioma Ajunwa’s 7.13m, which won her the Olympic gold medal at Atlanta 1996.
The record-breaking feat was her sixth attempt at the event, after earlier leaping 6.75m, 6.83m, 6.83m, 6.88m, and 6.83m respectively, but the Nigerian left her best flight for the anchor leg. She is now a record holder.
The 25-year-old – whose personal best was 7.05 which she jumped at the Turkish Championships in Bursa, Turkey August 4, 2019 – did not just break Chioma Ajunwa’s record, her distance is also the World Lead in the long jump women’s event, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics games.
Minister for Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare hailed Brume for her feat, saying: “Congratulations to Ese Brume for her impressive performances at the Sandiago Chula Vista Festival. She was simply fantastic, cool, confident and composed. Her performance was not only fantastic, but a motivation to others as Team Nigeria continues the build- up to the Tokyo Olympics,”
He continued: This feat would send the right signals to the world that Nigerian athletes mean business and would not be pushovers at the Olympics. We have provided all support to our team to actualise the dream of podium success at the Olympics.”
The 2016 Olympic game in Rio, Brazil was one of Nigeria’s worst outings at the competition, as they came back with no medals, but there are medal hopes for this year’s edition of the event, and Ese Brume is one of them.