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Long Jumper, Ese Brume Wins First Medal for Nigeria at the Olympics Games.

News Hub Creator 08/3/2021

Nigeria has gotten it's first medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games after long Jumper Ese Brume claimed a medal in the early hours of today, finishing third in the women's long jump event.

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Ese Brume.

Brume leapt 6.97 meters with her very first jump to claim bronze behind second-placed Brittany Reece of the United States of America and gold medalist Malaika Mihambo of Germany.

It's Nigeria's first track and field medal at the Olympics since 2008 when Okagbere won a silver in Beijing. It also makes the long Olympics with Chioma Ajunwa's gold at the Atlanta '96 Olympics topping Okagbere's silver from 2008 and Brume bronze.

At the early hours of today, Brume and Reece swapped top position a number of times and both looked eager to claim gold and silver title to the world title she claimed in Doha two years ago.

Mihambo started well, taking the lead on her first attempt with a jump of 6.83 m. But she was immediately overtaken by Brume with a leading jump of 6.97m which set the standard in the first six attempts.

Onto the second attempt and the medal contenders bunched up at the top with Mihambo moving within 2cm of Brume's 6.97m and Serbia's Ivan Spanovic in third (6.91m).

Reece took top position on the third attempt. In front of Brume's jump of 6.97m by virtue of having the second longest effort, but the Nigeria's second best jump of 6.88m on her fourth attempt put her back into the overall lead.

Reece's fourth attempt of 6.87m meant she trailed Brume by a single cm, but the 37 year old continue to show her great consistency as she moved into the lead in her fifth attempt with a 6.95m jump.

Into the final round and it was a war between Mihambo, Reece and Brume for the top spot. On Mihambo's last jump, she leapt 7.00m to move from bronze into good position. Brume finished with her final jump of 6.90 m. Reece scored 6.84 m to take silver.

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It's a good thing that Nigeria has gotten it's first medal. With this, we hope that more are to come.

Brume set a standard in the first six attempts. It's a lead for other Nigerian contenders to trail behind and bring more medals to our country. Congratulations to Brume and thank you for making Nigeria to be known for good once again.

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