Ese Brume takes medal’s search to North Cyprus
At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, female long jumper, Ese Brume was almost the sole reason why many Nigerians fell in love with athletics after all the ‘big names’ failed to live up to their responsibilities.
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. Brume, who was 20 years old then, was the youngest among the women jumpers at the Rio Olympics.
With the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championship around the corner, Brume says her target is to put smiles on the faces of Nigerian athletics lovers once again. Brume, a gold medallist at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and African Championship in Morocco, left the shores of Nigeria a few months ago for North Cyprus, where she currently combines education with her athletics career. She is on a scholarship programme with Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, studying Tourism and Hospitality management.
With a sponsorship deal with kits manufacturing company, Nike, Brume has been travelling around the world since the beginning of the season attending various competitions to equip herself for the London Games.
She was at the Drake Relays, where she placed second with a jump of 6.41m. Brume also attended the University Games, Pamukele in Turkey, where she placed first, setting a new record in the process with a jump of 6.68m.
Last weekend, Brume flew to Boston in the United States for the Boost Boston Games, where she placed third with a jump of 6.50m. Speaking with The Guardian shortly before she left Boston for North Cyprus, Brume said: “I set a target for myself at the beginning of the season and by God’s Grace I will achieve it at the World Championship in London. My coach, Yahaya Kayode will soon join me in North Cyprus, and I hope my jump will improve. I will be attending another competition in July to see that I pick my qualification ticket. I actually made the qualification mark in my last competition, but I fouled in the process. It was very painful, but it will never repeat itself again.”