Nigeria’s High Jump duo of Temitope Adeshina and Esther Isa took their friendship to another level on Day 2 of the World Championships/Commonwealth Games Trials, winning joint GOLD in their event with an identical height of 1.88m.

All through the course of the competition, the pair remained inseparable and kept cheering each other on. At the end of the day, they maintained a similar sequence to both win GOLD after being unable to clear a height of 1.91m, re-enacting a similar scene from last year’s men’s High Jump final at the Tokyo Olympics where Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi both claimed GOLD after the latter had to call it a day due to injury. The Bronze medal was taken by Laura Odivwri with 1.70m.

The winning mark of 1.88m is a new Personal Best (PB) for Adeshina, bettering her previous lifetime best of 1.80m while the mark is also 1cm shy of Isa’s best of 1.89m and a Season’s Best (SB) for her.

Isa who competes for Middle Tennessee State University, is a three-time National Champion in the event. Her latest victory takes her tally to four, while it’s the first national title for Adeshina. It’s also Isa’s second medal at this trials as she won Bronze in the Triple Jump event.

Adeshina made her first appearance for Nigeria at the African Championships in Mauritius where she won Silver with a height of 1.79m.


Yemi Olus is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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