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Ese Brume wins Nigeria’s first medal at Tokyo Olympics


Brume wins Nigeria's first Olympic medal

Ese Brume has won a bronze medal in the Women’s long jump final to earn Nigeria her first at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan on Tuesday morning.

Brume came third after six jumps while Brittney Reese of the United States finished second behind World and now Olympic champion, Germany’s Malaika Mihambo.

The 25-year-old took the lead after the first round with a 6.97m jump in her first attempt, ranking ahead of Mihambo (6.95m), the energetic Tara Davis of the United States who jumped 6.62m as well as Jazmin Sawyers of Great Britain who got a red flag in her first attempt.

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Brume however dropped to the silver medal spot after the third round with a no jump, while she was overtaken by Reese who jumped a distance of 6.97m in her third attempt while Davis, one of the stars of the event, jumped 6.81 to move out of the eighth position into seventh.

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The Nigerian however moved back into the gold medal spot in her fourth jump as she reached the distance of 6.88m, pushing Reese into the silver medal spot with a 6.87m jump with two more jumps to go.

Brume and her coach were left frustrated prior to the final jump as she got a red flag in her fifth, after world champions Mihambo, got flagged as well, but Reese moved back into first after jumping 6.95m.

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The final jump was a three-horse race between the Nigerian, German world champion and America, and Mihambo put the pressure on her opponents with her last by jumping a distance of 7.00m.

Brume who came into the competition as the longest jumper in the world failed to reach the longest on the night by jumping to claim the bronze medal while US’ Reece jumped 6.84 to claim the silver medal.