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Who is Ese Brume? Everything you need to know about Nigeria’s first medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Ese Brume! Remember the name. 

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics had for long stretches been a disaster for the Nigerian team across different sports. While the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) disqualified some athletes for administrative and doping reasons, others had a disappointing outing at the competition. 

But on Tuesday, August 3rd, Brume broke the jinx and became the first athlete to claim an Olympic medal for Nigeria in 13 years. She won bronze in the long jump.

To celebrate her wonderful exploits, here is a NewsWireNGR profile of her. 

Who is Ese Brume?

Ese Brume is a 25-year-old Nigerian athlete who competes in the long jump. She was born on 20 January 1996 in Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria. Her mother and father are teachers.

She is a three-time African senior champion in the long jump. 

In 2021, her younger brother Okeoghene Brume broke the African u-18 100 meter record with 10.13s.

Career

Brume first emerged at national level aged 16 at the 2012 Nigerian Athletics Championships. She placed sixth in the long jump, clearing over six meters. She also was the winner at the 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos.

In 2013, she set a personal best of 6.53 m (21 ft 5 in) to place second nationally, behind Blessing Okagbare. She was one of the most successful athletes at the 2013 African Junior Athletics Championships: she won the long jump title, took silver in the triple jump, and was part of Nigeria’s winning 4×100 meters relay team. She also placed fourth individually in the 100 meters. Brume successfully defended her long jump title at the next edition of the African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa. This time, she was even more successful as she added the triple jump and 4 x 100 m relay title, and a bronze medal in the individual 100 meters to her collection.

In May 2014 she ran a 100 m best of 11.84 seconds then followed this with a long jump best and new African junior record of 6.60 m (21 ft 7+3?4 in) to win at the Warri Relays. She improved to 6.68 m (21 ft 10+3?4 in) at the Nigerian Championships to win her first national title She was chosen for the discipline at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics but, having flown to Eugene, Oregon just a day before competing, she performed poorly and was bottom of the qualifying. The Nigerian junior women relay team also did not fare well, being eliminated in qualifying.

Just five days later, she represented Nigeria at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Blessing Okagbare opted to compete in the sprints so Brume was Nigeria’s sole entrant for the event. The 18-year-old excelled in the Commonwealth Games long jump, clearing 6.56 m (21 ft 6+1?4 in) in the final to win the gold medal. Brume dedicated her victory to Emmanuel Uduaghan, Delta State’s governor who invested in track and field infrastructure and support in the region. Okagbare, who won a Commonwealth sprint double, was also a product of the system and Brume stated that she was inspired by the older athlete’s achievements. As a result of her own medal feats, Brume was given an athletic scholarship to study in the United States, with local government support.

2016

Having already secured the qualification standard for the Rio Olympics with her personal record jump in June 2016 at the Akure Golden League, Brume headed to Durban for the African Athletics Championships as the African leader in her event. She successfully defended her title from the previous championships.

Brume qualified for the Rio olympics long jump final as the third best athlete in her pool. This placed her in sixth position going into the final of the event. She eventually ended the competition in fifth place leaping a distance of 6.81 meters which was just 2 centimeters shy of her personal record which she had set earlier in the year

2018

Brume became double Turkish Universities champion at the Turkey Koç Fest Universities Sports Games, representing her university, Eastern Mediterranean University. She set a meeting record and African lead of 6.82 m at the first leg of the 2018 World Challenge series in Kingston Jamaica This mark remained the best jump by an African athlete until the 2018 African Championships in Athletics in Asaba. There, she increased her African lean by a centimeter to win her third consecutive African senior title. She then represented Africa at the Ostrava Continental Cup where she placed fourth. 2018 also saw Brume defend her title at the 19th Nigerian National Sports Festival in Abuja, in a new festival record of 6.62 meters.

2019

Brume has been shortlisted as a nominee in the StarQt Award in the Africa Sportswoman of the Year category. She is the only Nigerian athlete nominated in any category. The event was held in October in Johannesburg.

She became the African Games champion in the Long Jump on 29 August 2019. This was her first African games title. On 24 July 2019, in Erzurum, she improved her personal best to 6.96m despite a very strong headwind (?2.1m/s). At the Turkish championships in Bursa on 4 August, she broke the 7-meter barrier for the first time in her career, surpassing that mark twice in the competition. Her jump of 7.05 m (+ 0.9m/s) ranks as the second best African performance in history. On 6 October, she won the bronze medal in the World Championships with a jump of 6.91m.

2021

Brume became the first Nigerian athlete to win a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She finished 3rd in the long jump sports with a record of 6.97m,

Record (Best)

100 metres – 11.84 sec (2014)

Long jump – 6.83 m (22 ft 4?3?4 in) (2016)

Triple jump – 12.52 m (41 ft 0?3?4 in) (2013)

Dedicates medal to Oyedepo

After an impressive performance that earned her Bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, Brume dedicated her medal to Bishop David Oyedepo, founder and presiding Bishop of the megachurch Living Faith Church Worldwide popularly known as Winners’ Chapel International.

“This medal means a lot to me. It doesn’t matter the colour. First I dedicate it to Bishop Oyedepo and I plan to decorate him with the medal later.”- Ese Brume

International competition record

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
2013African Junior ChampionshipsBambous, Mauritius1st4 × 100 m relay46.28
1stLong jump6.33 m (w)
2ndTriple jump12.52 m (w)
2014World Junior ChampionshipsEugene, United States11th (h)4 × 100 m relay45.93
33rd (q)Long jump5.18 m (wind: -0.3 m/s)
Commonwealth GamesGlasgow, United Kingdom1stLong jump6.56 m
2015African Junior ChampionshipsAddis Ababa, Ethiopia3rd100 m11.86
1st4 × 100 m relay44.83
1stLong jump6.33 m
1stTriple jump13.16 m
African GamesBrazzaville, Republic of the Congo4thLong jump6.23 m
2016Olympic GamesRio de Janeiro, Brazil5thLong jump6.81 m
2017World ChampionshipsLondon, United Kingdom17th (q)Long jump6.38 m
2018African ChampionshipsAsaba, Nigeria1stLong jump6.83 m
2019African GamesRabat, Morocco1stLong jump6.69 m
World ChampionshipsDoha, Qatar3rdLong jump6.91 m
2021Olympic GamesTokyo, Japan3rdLong jump6.97 m

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