True to her pre-championship boast, Africa and Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the women’s long jump, Ese Brume yesterday grabbed a gold medal to increase the nation’s chances of finishing tops at the on-going African Senior Athletics Championship, Asaba 2018.Home-girl, Brume, who holds a personal best of 6.84 meters, jumped 6.83m to pick the gold medal yesterday afternoon at the Stephen Keshi Stadium. She became the third gold medallist for Team Nigeria at the Championship.

The Cyprus-based Brume, a former African junior record holder in the long jump, announced her senior appearance with a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

An excited Brume said yesterday that she would always give her best whenever the country calls on her. “I am a Nigerian and I am proud to represent my country here in Asaba. I am happy to win a gold medal on home soil,” she said.

Brume was left out by AFN officials at the last Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia, which cost her the opportunity of defending the title she won at Glasgow 2014.

Also yesterday’s evening, Blessing Okagbare led the Nigerian 4x100m women team to win the gold medal in a time of 43.77seconds, beating Cote d’Ivoire to the second position. Joy Gabriel-Udo started a good race and handed over the baton to Okagbare, who also did well. Tobi Amusan then picked it up and handed over to Rosemary Chukwuma to anchor. The men’s 4x100m relay team could only settle for silver behind South Africa.

Another gold medal came Team Nigeria’s way in the women’s Discuss Throw, where Onyekwere Chidimma threw 58.09 meters, while another Nigerian, Okoro Chinwe grabbed the silver medal with a throw of 57.37meters.

Ajayi Yinka’s effort in the women’s 400m final fetched Nigeria a bronze medal yesterday. She ran 51.34 seconds in the race won by Caster Semenya in 49.96 seconds.

Christine Botlogetwe of Botswana was second in 51. 19 seconds. Nigeria’s second athlete in the event, Patience George was fifth in 52.34 seconds.

In the 400m male final, Okezie Chidi also picked a bronze medal in a time of 45.65 sec.

Meanwhile, the media department of the Asaba 2018 LOC yesterday said it has noted the report on some news platforms about a falling fence near the swimming pool area at the Stephen Keshi Stadium and described the report as sensational.

In a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity for the CAA Asaba 2018, Olukayode Thomas, the LOC faulted the way the incidence was reported to give a wrong perception of what actually happened.

Ese Brume grabs long jump gold, Nigeria also wins 4×100 women’s relay, discuss

True to her pre-championship boast, Africa and Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the women’s long jump, Ese Brume yesterday grabbed a gold medal to increase the nation’s chances of finishing tops at the on-going African Senior Athletics Championship, Asaba 2018.

Home-girl, Brume, who holds a personal best of 6.84 meters, jumped 6.83m to pick the gold medal yesterday afternoon at the Stephen Keshi Stadium. She became the third gold medallist for Team Nigeria at the Championship.

The Cyprus-based Brume, a former African junior record holder in the long jump, announced her senior appearance with a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

An excited Brume said yesterday that she would always give her best whenever the country calls on her. “I am a Nigerian and I am proud to represent my country here in Asaba. I am happy to win a gold medal on home soil,” she said.

Brume was left out by AFN officials at the last Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia, which cost her the opportunity of defending the title she won at Glasgow 2014.

Also yesterday’s evening, Blessing Okagbare led the Nigerian 4x100m women team to win the gold medal in a time of 43.77seconds, beating Cote d’Ivoire to the second position. Joy Gabriel-Udo started a good race and handed over the baton to Okagbare, who also did well. Tobi Amusan then picked it up and handed over to Rosemary Chukwuma to anchor. The men’s 4x100m relay team could only settle for silver behind South Africa.

Another gold medal came Team Nigeria’s way in the women’s Discuss Throw, where Onyekwere Chidimma threw 58.09 meters, while another Nigerian, Okoro Chinwe grabbed the silver medal with a throw of 57.37meters.

Ajayi Yinka’s effort in the women’s 400m final fetched Nigeria a bronze medal yesterday. She ran 51.34 seconds in the race won by Caster Semenya in 49.96 seconds.

Christine Botlogetwe of Botswana was second in 51. 19 seconds. Nigeria’s second athlete in the event, Patience George was fifth in 52.34 seconds.

In the 400m male final, Okezie Chidi also picked a bronze medal in a time of 45.65 sec.

Meanwhile, the media department of the Asaba 2018 LOC yesterday said it has noted the report on some news platforms about a falling fence near the swimming pool area at the Stephen Keshi Stadium and described the report as sensational.

In a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity for the CAA Asaba 2018, Olukayode Thomas, the LOC faulted the way the incidence was reported to give a wrong perception of what actually happened.

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