By Dare Esan:
Former Commonwealth Games long jump champion, Ese Brume is on the thresold of history as the first woman in the history of the championship to win the long jump event three consecutive times, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
A win for her will also make her the second Nigerian to win the event
three times after Chioma Ajunwa who won in 1989,1990 and1998.The 2016 Rio Olympics finalist is the favourite to win Nigeria’s third gold medal of the
championship.She leads the African top list with 6.82mcoming to this championship.
The Nigerian has been the successor to her compatriot, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor who seems to be concentrating on the sprints and all eyes will be on her as she seeks to emulate Ajunwa who delivered at home when Nigeria first hosted the
championship in 1989 in Lagos.
It will however not be a stroll in the park for Brume who will have to contend with Marthe Koala of Burkina Faso who has jumped 6.64m this year and South Africa’s Lynique Beneke who holds a 6.47m personal season’s best.
In the women’s 400m, Yinka Ajayi and Patience Okon-George will have to run a
sub-51 seconds to have any chance of winning the gold medal as South Africa’s Caster Semenya,the undisputed queen of the 800m has decided to fish for a medal in this event after helping her country to snatch the 4x400m gold medal from Nigeria two years ago in Durban.
Semenya is one of only three athletes who has broken 51 seconds this year after the Botswana pair of Amantle Monthso who is not at the championship due to injury and Christine Botlogetswe.
On current form, the South African is favoured to win with Botlogetswe tipped to come a close second while the bronze medal battle can be between the Nigerian pair of Ajayi and Okon-George who took third placebin 2014 and 2016.If the gold medal eludes Nigeria
in the individual 400m races, she can hope for one or two in the men and women’s 4x100m relay.
South Africa and Ivory Coast are the favourites to battle for the gold in the men’s race while the women’s race looks very open.