Brume Optimistic As Nigeria Prepares For World Athletics Championships

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Nigerian long jumper, Ese Brume, says she will do everything possible to put smiles on the faces of her compatriots at the Oregon 2022 World Athletics Championships, scheduled to start on July 15th in Eugene, USA.

Brume, who won a silver medal four months ago at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade after leaping to a new Personal Best of 6.85 metres, was among the early birds at the Games Village in Oregon on Tuesday.

Sprinter, Grace Nwokocha, Rosemary Chukwuma, Joy Udo Gabriel, Patience Okon George and the Mixed Relay athletes, Nathaniel Samson and Adeyemi Sikiru, would join Brume on Wednesday alongside coach Mavuah Esabunor. Brume stated that she would do her best to excel when championships begin.

Ese Brume won a Bronze medal in the Long Jump category at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“By the Grace of God, I am going to Oregon to do my best for Nigeria,” Brume said on her way to the Games Village in Oregon.

“I pray I get a good result that will gladden the hearts of Nigerians at the end of the day.”

Other Nigerian athletes expected at the Games Village are Ofili Favour (sprint), Tobi Amusan (hurdles), Raymond Ekevwo (sprint), Ashe Favour (sprint) and Godson Brume (sprint). Two coaches, Kayode Yaya and Gabriel Okon, were also expected at the Games Village.

Eight years ago, Brume announced herself on the big stage by winning Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The Nigerian athlete also became the first Nigerian to win an Olympic medal in athletics in 13 years, after grabbing a Bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Soon after winning the Gold medal at Athletic Federation of Nigeria’s National Trials in Benin City, Edo State, Brume jetted out to Stockholm in Sweden, where she participated in the Diamond League.

Meanwhile, AFN officials are said to be putting finishing touches to their travelling plans ahead of the World Championship in Oregon.

AFN President, Tonobok Okowa, said that he would meet with the Secretary, Adeniyi Beyioku and other officials involved in the travel arrangements for the Oregon 2022 World Athletics Championship.


Chidi Nwoke/The Guardian.

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