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Tokyo 2020: Brume celebrates winning Nigeria’s first medal amid tears (photos)

Ese Brume celebrated amid tears after winning Nigeria’s first Athletics medal after 13 years at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the early hours of Tuesday.

Brume, who in 2019 ended Nigeria’s 6-year drought at the World Championships, this time also ended the nation’s long wait for a medal in athletics event at the Olympic Games, leaping to bronze in the women’s Long Jump in Tokyo.

Malaika Mihambo of Germany celebrates after winning gold with bronze medallist, Ese Brume of Nigeria

Germany’s Malaika Mihambo with a jump of 7.00m on her very last attempt took the gold medal, despite being in a bronze medal position all through the competition. USA’s Brittney Reese settled for silver with an identical mark as Brume (6.97m), finishing in 2nd place while Ese had to do with a bronze with a first attempt of 6.97m (+0.4).

Tobi Amusan lead support for Ese Brume alongside other Nigeria team members after she won Nigeria’s first bronze medal at Tokyo Olympic Games

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Interestingly, Nigeria had to wait the longest since 1984 when she claimed her first ever medal in Track and Field, winning bronze in the men’s 4x400m in Los Angeles.

However, Brume now enters the record books as one of only few Nigerian athletes to complete the set: winning medals at all major championships. In 2014, she won gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, bronze at the World Championships in Doha, and now bronze at the Olympics Games in Tokyo.

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