African women’s long jump record holder Ese Brume is over the moon after winning Nigeria’s first athletics Olympic medal since 2008, and the country’s first –bronze — at the ongoing Games in Tokyo early on Tuesday.
Brume leapt 6.97m in a highly competitive final at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo to finish third behind Germany’s Malaika Mihambo and USA’s Brittney Reese and is excited at having finished on the podium.
The Doha 2019 World Championships bronze medallist said, “I’m just excited, I’m grateful. I’m super happy that I was able to make it to Top 3. I really want to thank God. I can’t contain my joy; it doesn’t matter the medal; I’m just super happy I made Top 3.
“This medal means that God is alive, Jesus is alive. It has been a great season even though I got injured in April, but I never settled for less. I never looked at the situation but kept on pushing and my coach kept on pushing and told me ‘Ese, you can do it.’ Thank God I’m here today.”
Back in May, the three-time African champion soared to a World Lead and African Record 7.17m and she says that superlative feat boosted her confidence coming to Tokyo.
“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 same as well, so we never settled for less,” she added.
Brume also encouraged her teammates that were unable to compete at the Games following disqualification after failing to meet the out of competition tests requirements.
She said, “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.”
Brume is expected to compete in the women’s 4x100m, which gets underway on Thursday.