DOHA 2019: Minister Dare hails bronze winner Brume, speaks on Tokyo 2020

Ese Brume

Sports Minister, Sunday Dare has hailed Ese Brume after finishing third to win the bronze medal in the long jump event of the 17th IAAF World Championships in Doha.

The 23-year-old leapt a distance of 6.91m, her second longest career jump to win the bronze medal behind pre-championships favourite, Germany’s Malaika Mihambo (7.30m) and USA’s Kenyattia Hackworth (6.92m).

Brume’s medal ended Nigeria’s wait for a World Championships medal in four years, with Team Nigeria having had two fruitless trips to Beijing in 2015 and London in 2017.

She is now the second Nigerian to make the podium in the event after Blessing Okagbare leapt a distance of 6.99m to win a silver medal behind USA’s Brittney Reese (7.01m) and also the third after Okagbare and Chioma Ajunwa to make the final of the event.

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Dare also thanked sprint hurdler, Tobi Amusan who finished fourth in the 100m hurdles after breaking 12.50 seconds three times during the championships also on Sunday.

The Sports Minister has now shifted focus to next year’s Olympics in London, reassuring Nigerians he and the sports family remains focused on making Nigeria proud at the quadrennial games.

He however warned that Tokyo 2020 will not be an all-comers affair as only athletes and sports capable of getting Nigeria at least to the final will be considered for the trip to Japan.

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