Finally, light shone for Nigeria at the ongoing Olympics many thanks to Ese Brume, three-time African senior champion in the long Jump, African junior record holder in the event and also a five-time African junior champion in athletics.
The 25 year old athlete on Sunday clinched a bronze medal at the Long Jump event at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics, emerging the country’s first Olympic medalist.
She leapt to a distance of 6.76m, 1cm more than required to seal her place
Brume, clinched the bronze medal with a 6.97m jump.
Brume is Nigeria’s sole representative in the jumps in Tokyo since the disqualification of Ruth Usoro by the Athletics Integrity Unit.
An excited Brume dishing about plans to celebrate after winning the bronze medal in the women’s long jump event in the early hours of Tuesday.
“I plan to go to Canaan-Land to wear it (Bronze medal) on Bishop David Oyedepo,” Brume said.
“I’m excited and grateful to God. I’m super happy that I was able to make the top three. I’ll say I’m not the best athlete but I’m grateful to God for bringing this far. I can’t contain my joy no matter the colour of the medal.”
Brume dedicated her medal to “God Almighty, Who has been my backbone and brought me to the top. I also want to dedicate the medal to Bishop David Oyedepo, my family, as well as my coach and those that were here but could not compete.
“It has been a great season for me right from April when I was injured but I never settled for less no matter the challenges. I keep on pushing and my coach keeps telling me that Ese you can do it. It is not all about the training but the faith I have in God,” Brume said.
Brittany Reese of the United States emerged second place with silver while Malaika Mihambo of Germany scooped gold.