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Ese Brume gets chance to make Diamond League history in Zurich

Nigeria's Ese Brume competes in the women's long jump final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 3, 2021. (Photo by Javier SORIANO / AFP)

Olympics and World long jump medalist Ese Brume will get the chance to make history next month in Zurich as the first Nigerian field eventer to win a Diamond League title.

The African record holder (7.17m) is one of the eight athletes confirmed to compete in the final of the event in Zurich, Switzerland next month.

Brume qualified for the final of the event after garnering nine points from one second place finish (seven points) in Eugene, USA and seventh place finish (two points) in Stockholm, Sweden to finish seventh in the ranking.

The winner in Zurich will not be decided based on points accumulated over the course of the season but by who wins on the day which gives the Nigerian the chance to make history.

Brume will however have to battle Germany’s Mihambo Malaika, the lady who denied her the World Championships gold last month in Oregon, USA as well as Ivana Vuleta, the Serbia who ensured the Nigerian returned home with a silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in March to make that history.

Brume, 26, is the only active Nigerian track and field star who has won medals at all major athletics championships and games after retired sprint huirdler Glory Alozie.

She won medals at the World Athletics’ flagship event, the World Championships indoors and outdoors as well as the Olympics.

Unlike the events mentioned, she will need to win at the Diamond League in Zurich as no medals are awarded for second and thuird place finishes.

If she wins, she will be the second Nigerian athlete to do so after sprint hurdler Tobi Amusan who won the high hurdles title last year at the same venue.

Amusan will also be in Zurich to defend her historic title and this can be the boost Brume will be needing to convert the bronze and silver medals won at the Olympics and the Worlds to gold which will be her first major title.

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