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Ese Brume breaks Commonwealth Games record to win long jump gold

Ese Brume has won gold in the women’s long jump event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Arguably Nigeria’s most consistent athlete in the last four years, Brume had a no jump on her first attempt on Sunday, August 7 but bounced back to take the lead in the final and set a new Games record.

Brume secured gold with a jump to spare after her opponents were unable to match her 6.99m, 6.81m, 6.99m, and 6.96m jumps.

On her last attempt, the Delta-born athlete jumped 7.00m to become the first woman to jump that far in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

The previous Games record for the women’s long jump was 6.97m set by Australia’s Bronwyn Thompson on home ground, Melbourne, in 2006.

Brume burst onto the scene by winning gold as an 18-year-old at the 2014 commonwealth games in Glasgow but could not defend her title four years ago in the Gold Coast in Australia.

However, since then, she has been on a consistent run, winning bronze at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019. She followed that up by winning another bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

She won silver at the World indoors in March before matching the feat on the biggest athletics stage in Eugene, Oregon, two weeks ago.

Also on Sunday, Brume’s friend and compatriot Tobi Amusan won gold and set a new record in the women’s 100m hurdles.

Amusan ran in 12.30 seconds to retain the title she won four years ago in the Gold Coast, Australia.

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