1st News had reported that the Delta-born long jumper had positioned herself on the verge of claiming a medal after qualifying for the final of the women’s long jump event. However, her exploits fell short of getting her the gold medal in the final.
The gold medal went to Germany’s Malaika Mihambo. Mihambo beat former champion, American, Brittney Reese, into second place with her last leap of the competition. Mihambo was lying in the bronze medal position ahead of her final jump. However, she summoned up all her willpower to register a season-best jump of 7.00 metres.
Reese could only manage 6.84m with her last leap to settle for silver.
Ese Brume had served notice of her intention to shine in Tokyo after winning bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. Also, the 25-year-old athlete had remarkably shattered Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year long jump record of 7.12m. She recorded the feat after jumping a distance of 7.17m at the Chule Vista Festival in California in May.
Ese Brume 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.
Ese Brume is a three-time African senior champion in the long jump and holds a personal best of 7.17 m. She is the African junior record holder in the event and also a five-time African junior champion in athletics. In 2021, her younger brother Okeoghene Brume broke the African U-18 100 meter record with 10.13s.
Brume was the long jump gold medalist at the 2013 African Junior Athletics Championships, 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 African Senior Athletics Championships and 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships. She also represented Nigeria at the World Junior Championships in Athletics in 2014.