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I will defend my Commonwealth Games title at all costs, says Brume

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Ese Brume. PHOTO: FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Commonwealth and Africa’s female long jump champion, Ese Brume says she will give the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia the best push it deserves.

At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, Brume was Nigeria’s last athlete standing after all the ‘big names’ failed. She was the only Nigerian athlete who made it to the final in an individual event, when she smashed her personal best of 6.68m with a jump of 6.81m on the final day to finish fifth overall.

Now, the focus is on Gold Coast, Australia, and Brume says she would do everything to defend the long jump gold medal she won at the last edition of the Games at Glasgow, Scotland. She is one of the athletes Team Nigeria is banking on for medals in Australia.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday from her base in North Cyprus, where she is putting finishing torches to her training for the Commonwealth Games, the jumper says she won’t disappoint her teaming fans when hostilities begin in Australia in April.

“This is my second Commonwealth Games and I hope to defend my title in the long jump. But I want the government to help us by providing the financial support we need to be in good shape for the Games,” Brume said.

Brume made her first senior appearance at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she won a gold for Team Nigeria. Few days later, she added another gold, this time at the African senior Athletics Championship in Morocco.

According to her, the trip to the Gold Coast, Australia will require a lot of sacrifices saying: “I will need the prayer from Nigerians back home to make the difference in Australia. “I have been training very hard, but as I said, those in charge of our training grants should hurry up with the process so that it will be useful for the purpose it is meant for.”

Brume is based in North Cyprus, where she is on a scholarship programme with Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, studying Tourism and Hospitality management.


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