2022 Commonwealth gold medalist Ese Brume missed out on a podium finish in the women’s long jump event at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The 27-year-old 2.88 meters jump in her second attempt could only manage a fourth place finish as she was edged out by Romania’s Alina Rotaru-Kottmann in the podium.
Serbia’s Ivana Vuleta took the gold with a world lead jump of 7.14 meters ahead of Tara Davis-Woodhall of the USA who took silver with 6.91 metres jump.
Brume had qualified for the final despite failing to achieve the 6.8 meters mark needed for automatic qualification but earned her finalist status as one of the closest jumpers.
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This will be the first time since 2019 World Athletics Championships that the Nigerian has failed to secure a podium finish.
She won bronze in the 2019 edition in Qatar and earned a silver medal in the US in 2022.
While, in the women’s 100 meters, Rosemary Chukwuma progressed into the semi-final as one of the three fastest after missing out on automatic qualification.
Nathaniel Nwanchukwu ran a season best 48.47 seconds in the men’s 400 metres hurdles to advance to the semi-final.
The women’s discus throw saw the trio of Amaechi Obiageri Pamela, Anumba Ashley and Onyekwere Chioma failed to advance beyond the qualification round.
In the men’s 100 meters race, the duo of Itshekiri Usheoritshe and Seye Ogunlewe crashed out in the semis after finishing seventh and sixth in their respective races.
Written by: Godstime Egelege-Idama
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