Team Nigeria athlete Ese Brume on Sunday qualified for the final of the women’s long jump event at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Brume placed fourth with a jump of 6.76m to claim the final spot in Group B to book her place along with 11 others for the final on Tuesday.
Reigning World Indoor champion and three-time European indoor champion Ivana Spanovic was first in Group B with a jump of 7.00m, while current world champion Malaika Mihambo, a German, was third with a 6.98m leap. British Virgin Islands’ Chantel Malone (6.82m) came third.
Interestingly, the 25-year-old Brume, who won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, is seen as one of Nigeria’s medal hopeful in Tokyo, having leaped a distance of 7.17m at the Chule Vista Festival in California in May, to send Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year long jump record of 7.12m to the archives.
At the last Olympic in Rio, the Delta State-born athlete finished fifth in the final of her event with a leap of 6.81m.
Meanwhile, in Group A, Americans Brittney Reese (6.86m) and Tara Davis (6.85m) claimed first and second, with Swede Khaddi Sagnia (6.76m) and Great Britain’s Abigail Irozuru (6.75m) also qualifying in third and fourth spots.