Nigerian athletics finally have something to celebrate after all as Ese Brume becomes the Nigerian first athlete in the past six years to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships.
Her leap of 6.91 meters at the second attempt was enough for her to win a bronze medal thus ending Nigeria’s long wait at the 17th IAAF World Championships which ends in Doha on Sunday.
Germany’s Malaika Mihambo jumped a massive Personal Best and world leading distance of 7.30m to win the gold while Ukraine’s Maryna Romanchuk jumped 6.92m to deny Brume the silver medal.
Brume, who is the reigning African Long Jump champion, was leading after the first two jumps before she was overtaken for the first two places.
Ese has thus followed in the footsteps of Blessing Okagbare who won a silver medal six years ago during the 14th edition of the World Championship in Moscow, Russia.
Before today, Okagbare’s silver was Nigeria’s only medal ever in the history of long jump events at the World Championships. Okagbare’s medal was also Nigeria’s last at the World Championships until Brume’s.