Nigeria’s Ese Brume delivered when it mattered most, leaping to Bronze on the final Day of the 2019 World Championships, jumping her best mark of 6.91m to ensure the country doesn’t leave Doha without winning a medal.
Brume justified the favourite tag she had coming into the championships, having jumped the second farthest jump in the world this year with a PB of 7.05m, matching some of the world’s best jumpers to secure her place on the podium.
The former Commonwealth Games champion, with that feat, became the first Nigerian athlete to win a World Championships medal, since Blessing Okagbare’s Silver and Bronze medals six years ago in Moscow.
Brume who needed just one jump in the qualification rounds to qualify, started very well in the final, leading after two attempts with leaps of 6.86m and 6.91m which helped her move into the final phase of the competition.
The Nigerian was so good that favourite, Malaika Mihambo was under pressure and in danger of not making the final round, jumping 6.56m in first attempt and fouling in the next. However the German came back strongly, jumping a very impressive Personal Best and World Lead of 7.30m to go into the lead.
Mihambo who has a Tanzanian father, went on to jump 7.09m in her 5th attempt which cemented her hold on GOLD. It was a then a battle for Silver as Ukraine’s Maryna Romanchuk jumped 6.92m on her fifth attempt, to push Brume down to third.
With USA’s Tori Bowie failing to match Brume’s 6.91m, the Nigerian then got the Bronze, becoming her country’s third field athlete in history to win a medal, taking Nigeria’s tally up to nine medals won since the World Championships commenced in 1983.