LONG Jump sensation Ese Brume has set a new African mark in women’s long jump after she flew to an amazing, and World Leading, 7.17 metres at the Chula Vista Sports Festival to shatter Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year African record.
Ajunwa’s record of 7.12 metres set a quarter of a century ago gave her Nigeria’s first and so far, only individual Olympics gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Three-time African champion Brume took six tries to smash that mark, as she took gold, and set a new personal best at the Chula Vista Sports Festival
Brume posted distances under seven meters before leaping to an African record on her very last attempt. The Nigerian star’s jump propelled competitors Brittney Reese of the United States of America and British Virgin Islands Chantel Malone over the seven meter mark, earning silver and bronze medals respectively.
Brume remains one of Nigeria’s medal hopefuls at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which gets underway in July. A world-leading jump leaves her in good stead and in positive spirits in preparation for the sporting spectacle.