Ese Brume hopes a gold rush by Nigeria’s women on the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games will inspire girls in the country to take up sport.
The 26-year-old long jumper reclaimed her long jump title on a day when Tobi Amusan won 100 Metres Hurdles gold and the West Africans also triumphed in the women’s 4×100 Metres relay.
Those results moved Nigeria on to 12 gold medals at the Games, making them Africa’s top performers in Birmingham, England.
Three-time African champion Brume set a new Games record with a leap of 7.00 metres to win in Birmingham, adding a second Commonwealth gold to the one she won in Glasgow in 2015.
After two jumps of 6.99 Metres and one of 6.96 Metres – which would all have been enough to secure top spot on the podium – Brume says her record jump demonstrated her consistency in her discipline.