Nigeria’s time at the Olympics hasn’t been the best. Being honest, it has been quite abysmal. One of our 100m medal hopefuls, Divine Oduduru, was disqualified from the race after the second false start during heat 5, the first being by America’s Fred Kerley. The other 100m hopeful, Enoch Adegoke, suffered from an injury and unfortunately had to pull out mid-race. Not to mention a bunch of Nigerians Olympians were disqualified by the Athletics Integrity Unit due to inadequate drug testing. Safe to say, luck hasn’t exactly been all buddy-buddy with us this year. However, it seems like Lady Luck hasn’t forsaken us entirely.Today, on the 3rd of August, 2021, Ese Brume win’s Nigeria’s first medal of the 2020 Olympics. She won bronze in the Olympic Long Jump event with a 6.97m jump, beating her earlier 6.76m jump that just very narrowly got her qualified for the final event by 1cm. She is one of three women to win a medal in Long Jump for Nigeria, the other two being Chioma Ajunwa in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and Blessing Okagbare in the 2008 Beijing Games.
“I’m excited and grateful to God. I’m super happy that I was able to make the top three. I’ll say I’m not the best athlete but I’m grateful to God for bringing this far. I can’t contain my joy no matter the colour of the medal.” she said after winning the Nation’s first medal. She also said that she “also [wants] to dedicate the medal to Bishop David Oyedepo, [her] family, as well as [her] coach and those that were here but could not compete.” She goes one step further to say that she “[plans] to go to Canaan-Land to wear it (the bronze medal) on Bishop David Oyedepo,”
We may not have gotten much but we are very excited for her and the rest of team Nigeria. Moreover, we have a guaranteed medal as well. Blessing Oborududu has qualified for the wrestling finals, which guarantees us either silver or gold. It’s not over til it’s over. It’s not over til the fat lady sings.
By: Joshua Osifo
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