Ese Brume has set a new Personal Best (PB), National/Nigerian Record (NR) and African Record (AR) of 7.17 meters (1.1m/s) in the long jump event at the Chula Vista Field Festival in the United States of America on May 29th, 2021.
Three-time African champion, Ese Brume who has built up to speed all year long, improved on her Season’s Best (SB) all through the series before that final jump while her mark is also the best by any female Long Jumper in the world in 2021, putting her in good position leading up to the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
It’s remarkable that the feat came on her very last attempt, and it did not go unnoticed that she jumped 6.83 meters three times and 6.88m in the sequence (from her 2nd -5th attempt), after opening with a distance of 6.75 meters. Two other women also jumped over 7 meters in the event: Brittney Reese 2nd with 7.10 meters and Chantel Malone finishing 3rd with a mark of 7.07 meters.
Prior to the Chula Vista meet, Ese Brume has not jumped more than 6.61m this year, jumping 6.46 meters to retain her Nigerian Sports Festival title in April, then 6.60m in California. To now leap over 7 meters just a few months to the Olympics, is the perfect tune-up to prepare for the Tokyo Games.
She had only jumped 7 meters once in her career, reaching a distance of 7.05 meters two years ago when she was still schooling in Northern Cyprus, and was one of only three women in Africa (all Nigerians ) to ever jump over 7 meters.
She shatters Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year African Long Jump Record of 7.12 meters. which the latter won GOLD with at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Emmanuel Ineh took down the 47-year-old NAIA Record in the men’s Long Jump at the NAIA Championships, soaring to a huge PB of 8.16m (1.3m/s), just outside the Olympic qualification standard whilst earning a thorough win over Jackson Coates who leapt a best of 7.60m (4.3) and Dustin Blevins at 7.48m (1.1). Ineh further reached marks of 7.99m and 7.92m in his other legal attempts within the series.
Also in Chula Vista, a consistent Chioma Onyekwere threw a distance of 61.75 meters in the third round to win the women’s Discus Throw from Americans Micaela Hazlewood, 2nd at a PB of 60.52 meters and Rachel Dincoff who placed 3rd with 59.06 meters.