On the last day of Athletics at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Nigerian athlete Ese Brume twice leapt to a new Games Record, jumping 7.00m (+1.6) on the nose to reclaim the Long Jump Commonwealth title she last won in the Glasgow 2014 edition.
It was a dominant display from the African Record holder, as she was simply unstoppable. World Leader, Australia’s Brooke Buschkuehl got the Silver medal jumping 6.95m (+0.5), while Ghana’s Deborah Acquah jumped a Lifetime’s Best and National Record (NR) of 6.94m (+1.8) to win Bronze.
Acquah laid down the marker on her first attempt, jumping to the NR. Having come under pressure on her first attempt, Brume knew she needed to respond if she was to avoid an upset. She then jumped 6.99m to surpass Bronwyn Thompson’s record of 6.97m from the 2006 Games.
Brume then jumped 6.99m on her 2nd attempt and instantly took the lead, but it was her perfect timing on the board that made all the difference. In a six-jump sequence, Brume jumped marks over 6.9m four times, fouling once and her least mark being 6.81m.
This season, she has hit the 7m twice, jumping 7.02m to finish 2nd in at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene. With her winning mark in Birmingham, she has become the first African woman in history to jump four legal marks over 7m.
Brume has now won two Commonwealth Games titles, an Olympic Silver medal, two medals from the World Athletics Championships (Bronze & Silver), as well as multiple African titles. Since 2018, Brume has never missed out on the podium at any competition she has represented Nigeria.
Elizabeth Oshoba (Boxing)
Nigerian athlete Elizabeth Oshoba won a Silver medal for Team Nigeria in the Women’s Boxing over 54kg-57kg Featherweight category, at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Oshoba might have slipped under the radar, but she gave a good account of herself fighting against Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh, who won 5-0 by unanimous decision.
After two Commonwealth Games finals (2014, 2018), Walsh eventually got her hands on a Commonwealth Gold medal.
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