Nigerian athlete and long jumper, Ese Brume, has won the country’s first medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after several outings by the African most populous black nation’s team.
The 25-years-old athlete claimed the bronze medal in the women’s long jump at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Tuesday.
She achieved the feat with a 6.97m jump, two days after she qualified for the finals with a jump of 6.76m.
Germany’s Malaika Mihambo beat Brume to the gold medal with a 7.00m jump while Brittney Reese of the United States won the silver medal.
Brume’s win adds to positive news for Nigeria at the Olympics after a run of negative news of defeats and the disqualification of some of the country’s athletes.
On Monday, Blessing Oborududu beat Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold to reach the final of the women’s freestyle 68kg wrestling. The win guaranteed Nigeria a medal at the Olympics.
Reacting to her victory, Brume said that after the games and upon her return to Nigeria, she plans to wear the medal on her pastor and General Overseer, Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo.
“Setting the African record boosted my confidence because then my injury was still fresh, yet I was able to set that record and a Personal Best. So, I thought to myself that ‘yes I could do it and my coach thought the same as well, so we never settled for less.
“And to those who were here but could not compete, never settle for less. God is with you. It is not over until it is over. You may not have competed here today but God has a better future ahead for you. I plan to go to Canaan-Land to wear it (Bronze medal) on Bishop David Oyedepo,” she said.