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Nigerian athlete breaks Commonwealth Games record

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Nigeria’s Ese Brume on Sunday night finished tops in the Women’s Long Jump final at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Brume jumped a total of 7.00meters ahead of Australia’s Brooke Buschkuehl (6.95meters) and Ghana’s Deborah Acquah to the second and third place respectively.

With this feat, Brume took Nigeria’s medals haul to 35, 12 gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze.

Brume, who overcame ‘serious’ illnesses to grab the silver medal at World Championship in Oregon, Eugene, United States, started her campaign on a brilliant note, after recording a 6.81m (+0.3) jump to gain automatic qualification in Group B.

Brume’s compatriot, Ruth Usoro finished sixth with 6.58meters jump in the final.

In 2014, Brume made big headlines in Glasgow, Scotland, where she won the Commonwealth Games gold medal, her first major competition at the senior level. But in 2018, she was denied the opportunity of defending her title at the Gold Coast, Australia, after the former board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), left her out of the list of 28 athletes for the Games.

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