By Sedara Philip
Team Nigeria’s hope of winning her first medal on Sunday at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Budapest has been dashed.
Ese Brume, who was vying for honours in the final of the Women’s Long Jump event, was widely tipped to deliver a medal going by her antecedence in every major competition she has represented Nigeria
Sadly, despite a season-best jump of 6.84m, the African record holder finished fourth position, just outside the medal zone.
Interestingly, Brume, a bronze medalist at the Doha 2019 World Championships and a Silver medal winner in Oregon last year, was gearing up to claim the bronze and become the first Nigerian to win three consecutive medals at the World Championships.
However, she was denied that historic moment by Romania’s Alina Rotaru-Kottmann, who saved her best for last with a leap of 6.88m to leapfrog Brume to claim the bronze medal.