Ese Brume finished on top in the Birmingham 2022 women’s long jump event tonight to give Nigeria the country’s best-ever Commonwealth Games outing.
The 26-year-old broke the Games record twice with 6.99 metres and 7.00m to win Team Nigeria’s 12th gold medal at the Birmingham 2022 Games, beating the country’s previous best haul by one gold.
Brume, who also won gold in the women’s long jump in 2014, raised Nigeria’s total medal tally at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to 12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals.
This surpasses the previous best haul of 11 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze achieved in Victoria, Canada in 1994.
Brume, who recently won silver at the World Athletics Championships to add to her Tokyo Olympics bronze, was five centimetres better off than Brooke Buschkuehl, who leapt 6.95m, while Ghana’s Deborah Acquah bagged bronze with 6.94m.
The other Team Nigeria athlete in the women’s long jump final, Ruth Usoro, finished sixth with 6.56m.
Also tonight, Nigeria’s quartet of Johnson Nnamani, Samson Nathaniel, Ifeanyi Ojeli and Sikiru Adeyemi finished sixth in the men’s 4x400m final, with Trinidad and Tobago, Botswana and Kenya winning gold, silver and bronze respectively.
Nigeria’s women also finished seventh in their 4x400m relay in which England, Canada and Jamaica won gold, silver and bronze respectively.
Nigeria emerged as the highest-placed African country in the final medals table, finishing seventh overall, with South Africa coming ninth with seven gold, nine silver and 11 bronze medals.
Australia topped the final medal table with 65 gold, 54 silver and 53 bronze.