Deputy Superintendent of Police, Grace Umelo has congratulated reigning Commonwealth and African (senior and junior) long jump queen, Ese Brume on her record-smashing feat at the just ended 12th African Junior Athletics Championship in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia.
Brume leapt a distance of 6.33m to beat Umelo’s 18 year old 6.25m championship record which she had earlier equalled with her first jump in the competition.
‘I am really happy that it is another Nigerian that has broken the record,’said Umelo who also went on to win the title at the third African Junior Championship in Ibadan in 1997.
Interestingly,like Umelo,Brume also came to the championship a year after she was crowned African champions at the senior level.
Umelo believes the record had stood for too long and lamented that track and field in Nigeria nay Africa has not developed the way it should.
‘One would have thought that with the way we were going especially in the jumps at that time we should have produced three to four athletes that would be jumping between 6.8,6.9 and 7m by now.But I am happy both Blessing (Okagbare) and this young girl (Brume) are returning Nigeria to those golden days that culminated in Nigeria winning the Olympic long jump gold in Atlanta through my sister,Chioma Ajunwa,’said Umelo who who holds a 6.60m personal best in the event and won gold medals in the event at the African senior athletics championships in 1996 in Yaounde,Cameroun and the All Africa Games in 1999 in Johannesburg,South Africa.