Ese Brume Makes History At World Athletics Championships

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Nigerian athlete Ese Brume leapt into the history books on the final day of the Oregon 2022 World Athletics Championships, becoming the first African (male or female) to claim two Long Jump medals at the Championships, winning Silver with a Season’s Best (SB) of 7.02m in the final of her event.

While competing in Doha in 2019, Brume took the Bronze medal which made her the second Nigerian and African woman after Blessing Okagbare to make the podium in the Long Jump event. In Oregon, Brume started out with a jump of 6.61m and then improved on her mark to 6.88m.

The Nigerian then jumped to an impressive Season’s Best (SB) of 7.02m, which put her in the lead. However, defending champion Malaika Mihambo of Germany, responded with a superior leap of 7.09m which was good enough to claim the Gold medal in the event.

Ese Brume on the Women’s Long Jump podium at the Oregon 2022 World Athletics Championships.

Brume took the Silver medal, while Brazilian Leticia Oro Melo claimed the Bronze with 6.89m. The Silver from Oregon is the African Record (AR) holder’s fourth global medal since 2019, underlining her consistency as No.1 on the continent.

Then Nigerian claimed a Bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year and Silver at her first ever outing at the Belgrade 2022 World Indoor Championships held in Serbia, in March.

She is now one of three Nigerians to win two World Championships medals. First on the list is Francis Obikwelu who won a Silver in the men’s 4x100m in 1997, and then Bronze in the 200m in 1999.

Okagbare clinched Silver and Bronze medals in the Long Jump and 200m event respectively at Moscow 2013, while Brume won Bronze and Silver respectively in 2019 and 2022. She is also the only athlete (male or female) to win three back-to-back Long Jump titles at the African Championships.

 

Chidi Nwoke/World Athletics.

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