Long jumper, Ese Brume, has won the first medal for Nigeria at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
She won bronze in women’s long jump with a best leap of 6.97m.
Germany’s Malaika Mihambo won gold, dethroning former champion, America’s Brittney Reese with her last jump of the competition.
Mihambo was lying in the bronze medal position ahead of her final jump, but powered down the runway to register a season-best of 7.00 metres.
That left 2012 Olympic champion Reese – who had led the competition with a best jump of 6.97m – with one final attempt to reclaim the lead.
But she could only manage 6.84m with her last leap to settle for silver.
Nigeria’s Ese Brume took the bronze medal with a best jump of 6.97m.
The 25-year-old Brume won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
Having jumped a distance of 7.17m at the Chule Vista Festival in California in May, Ese had shattered Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year long jump record of 7.12m.
Brume’s jump was the World Lead going into the Olympics.
She was the only Nigerian athlete who reached the final of her event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where she placed fifth with a leap of 6.81m.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Olympiad has dedicated her bronze to the General Overseer of Winners Church, Bishop David Oyedepo. She also thanked Nigerians for their support.
“I plan to go to Canaan-Land to wear it (Bronze medal) on Bishop David Oyedepo.
“This medal means that God is alive, Jesus is alive. It has been a great season even though I got injured in April, but I never settled for less. I never looked at the situation but kept on pushing and my coach kept on pushing and told me ‘Ese, you can do it.’ Thank God I’m here today.”