Ese Brume: Another Chioma Ajunwa Record In Sight At IAAF Indoors
With one Chioma Ajunwa’s record in the bag, Nigeria’s Jump queen, Ese Brume, will be gunning for another record at the world indoor championships in Belgrade.
It all started in 2021 when Brume took down Ajunwa’s 25-year-Old African record in the Long Jump, reaching 7.17m.
The feat crowned her years of training and fulfilling a lifetime dream, earning the bragging rights as an African Record holder.
Ese Brume: One More Record To Go
Meanwhile, Ajunwa remains the Nigerian record holder in the women’s indoor long jump with her 6.97m jump in Germany in 1997.
That’s the same year she won the Bronze for Nigeria at the Indoor Championships in Paris, France.
However, Brume will have an eye on the record while also thinking of a podium finish in Belgrade.
Nigerian track and field expert Yemi Olus feels it’s a tall order for Brume as some factors make it hard.
“This is her first competition in almost seven months. If she had been competing before now, one will have an idea of where she is in terms of fitness and everything. Since this is her first competition of the year, it will be hard to say. Also, I don’t think her coach is part of team Nigeria. I don’t know what sort of effect that will have on her. I just know, of course, Ese should give best. She is our number one athlete right now she has done seven meters, so doing nearly seven meters is not a tall order for her”.
The Delta-State-born athlete has an Indoor Personal Best (PB) of 6.82m, set in Liévin in Feb. 2020, while she’s jumped over 7-meters twice in her outdoor career.
Brume will be up against 2021 European Gold medalist Ukraine’s Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk.
Maryna beat Brume to win Silver at the Doha World Championships in 2019.
Nigeria At The World Indoors
Historically, Nigeria has won 11 medals at the World Indoor Championships, with Olusoji Fasuba as the last winner.
Fasuba won gold in the men’s 60m in Valencia in 2008.
Joining her in the women’s long jump at Belgrade 2022 is Ruth Usoro.
Ruth will be switching from competing at last week’s NCAA DI Indoor Championships in the USA to travelling for the world indoors in Europe.
The Texas Tech long jumper Usoro has an Indoor best of 6.82m.
Also, four other athletes will be representing Nigeria at the world indoor championships, including the men’s 4X400.
Sikiru Adewale ADEYEMI, Timothy EMEOGHENE, Samson Oghenewegba NATHANIEL and Ifeanyi Emmanuel OJELI are the Nigerian runners.