Nigerian athlete Ese Brume won the first official medal for the country at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday morning.
Brume jumped 6.97 meters to clinch the bronze medal in the long jump event, became the first athlete to claim an Olympic medal for Nigeria in 13 years.
Malaika Mihambo, the reigning world champion, claimed the gold medal with a 7.00m jump.
American athlete, Brittney Reese, who won gold in London 2012, finished second with 6.97m to take the silver medal.
Brume went right into the lead with her first attempt with a leading score of 6.97m which set the standard in the first of six attempts.
Onto the second attempt and the medal contenders bunched up at the top with Mihambo moving to within 2cm of Brume’s 6.97m and Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic in third (6.91m).
Ese led after the fourth attempt with a second-best jump of 6.88, which put her back into the overall lead. On the fifth attempt, Reese took the lead with a 6.95m jump.
Into the final round was a battle between Mihambo, Reese, and Brume for the gold medal.
On Mihambo’s last jump, she scored 7.00m to move from bronze into gold position.
Brume finished knowing she would finish in bronze position with her final jump score of 6.90m. Reese scored 6.84m to take silver.