By Dare Esan:
African long jump queen, Ese Brume is targetting a jump into Africa’s history books at the Městský Stadion today in Ostrava, Czech Republic as the IAAF Continental Cup enters the second and final day of competition.
Brume, who emerged African champion in the horizontal event for the third consecutive time last month in Asaba,Delta state at the 21st edition of the African Athletics Championships knows she is on the threshold of history and will be hoping for perfect conditions and a perfect jump to leap into immortality as the first Nigerian nay African,man or woman to win the long jump title in the history of the championship.
The former Commonwealth Games champion failed to fulfil expectations of a podium finish four years ago in Marrakech,Morocco where her pedestrian leap of 6.34m was only good for a fifth placed finish.
This was barely months after she leapt to gold in Glasgow,Scotland at the Commonwealth Games with a jump of 6.56m.
Brume has improved to a consistent 6.8m,6.7m jumper and holds a personal season’s best of 6.82m which she jumped to win at the 2018 Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston,Jamaica last May.
She warmed up for the Continental Cup with a 6.58m leap in Berlin last week and will hope she can upstage a quality field of athletes led interestingly by world renowned triple jumper, Caterine IBARGUEN of Colombia who won the event at the IAAF Diamond League final
in Zurich late last month. She holds a season’s best of 6.87m and will be one of two strong athletes representing the Americas at the competition. The other is. Canada’s Christabel Nettey who has jumped 6.92m this season.
Others who Brume will battle for top spot include Britain’s Shara Proctor who has a 6.91m personal season’s best and Malaika Mihambo of Germany who jumped a new 6.99m personal best in May. Both are
Meanwhile sprint hurdler, Tobiloba Amusan failed to cause an upset in the 100m hurdles as pre-race favourites, Williams, the 2015 world champion and Kendra Harrison, the fastest woman over the 100m hurdles at 12.20 second day made it 1(12.49 seconds) and 2 (12.52
seconds) for the Americas. Amusan ran 12.96 seconds to place fifth.