It is celebration galore as Nigeria’s Ese Brume wins bronze at the ongoing Olympics in Tokyo.
It has been a very torrid time for Nigeria at the Olympics after a lot of issues with athletes.
This is Nigeria’s first medal in Tokyo after Blessing Okagbare was disqualified for testing positive to a growth hormone.
Grace Nwokocha got to the semifinal of the 200m but could not get to the final.
21-year-old Enoch Adegoke got to the final of the 100ms but could not finish after pulling a hamstring during the race.
Brume jumped 6,97meters to claim bronze behind Brittany Reece of the US and Malaika Mihambo of Germany.
This is Nigeria’s first individual medal since Okagbare won silver in long jump in 2008.
As Brume wins bronze, she has joined Okagbare who won in 2008, Chioma Ajunwa in Atlanta 1996 and Gloria Alozie in Sidney 2000.
Nigeria will also be on the podium when Blessing Oborududu wrestles in the Women’s freestyle category final.
After the many issues Nigeria has faced at the Olympics, this is good news and a breath of fresh air.
The most populous black Nation has also won a total of 25 medals at the Olympics.
The football team did not qualify while the Basketball team failed to make it past the group stage.
This outing is looking better than the last Olympics in Rio 2016 when the team won 1 bronze medal.
Hopefully the ministry of sports will prepare the team better for next Olympics so that the athletes can be more prepared.