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Ese Brume wins Nigeria’s first medal in Tokyo 2020

Brume was Nigeria's only medalist at the World Athletics Championships

Nigeria’s Ese Brume has won a bronze medal in the Long Jump event at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Brume leaped 6.97 metres with her very first jump to claim bronze behind second-placed Brittany Reece of the United States and gold medallist Malaika Mihambo of Germany.

It is Nigeria’s first track and field medal at the Olympics since 2008 when Okagbare won a silver medal in Beijing. It also makes the long jump the first individual event to give Nigeria three medals at the Olympics with Chioma Ajunwa’s gold at the Atlanta ‘96 Olympics topping Okagbare’s silver from 2008 and Brume’s bronze.

Brume also joins Okagbare and Glory Alozie as the only Nigerians to win individual medals at both the Worlds and the Olympics.

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On Tuesday, at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Brume and Reese swapped top spot a number of times and both looked set to claim gold and silver until Mihambo, with her very last jump, leapt 7.00m to add the Olympic title to the world title she won in Doha two years ago.

Mihambo started well, taking the lead on her first attempt with a jump of 6.83m.

But she was instantly overtaken by Brume with a leading jump of 6.97m which set the standard in the first of six attempts.

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