Brume Breaks Ajunwa’s 25 Year Old African Long Jump Record 

Brume Breaks Ajunwa’s 25 Year Old African Long Jump Record 

Chioma Ajunwa’s 25 year old reign as African long jump record holder has been brought to an abrupt end without any notice served on the Nigerian Atlanta Olympics heroine.

Early Sunday morning at the Chula Vista Field Festival in the city of Chula Vista, Southern California, 2019 World Athletics Championship long jump bronze medallist, Ese Brume reserved her best till the very last round before leaping to an incredible 7.17m in the event.

Prior to the meeting, Brume did not serve any notice of another 7m+ jump so soon after becoming the third Nigerian woman to hit the magical mark in August 2019 in Bursa, Turkey as four days earlier at the USTAF Invitational meeting in Prairie View, Texas, she leapt to a 6.61m personal season’s best in the event.

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Brume who was just eight months old when Ajunwa made that Golden Leap in Atlanta however showed signs of a big jump in the offing when she opened her campaign with a 6.75m leap, a new personal season’s best.

This was followed by a series of 6.8m jumps before soaring high to land with an incredible mark of 7.17m, the farthest any Nigerian nay African woman has ever jumped, legally or otherwise.

The farthest before now legally was Ajunwa’s leap in Atlanta while Blessing Okagbare, one of only three Nigerians to ever hit the 7m mark jumped a wind-aided 7.14m (+2.2mps) in Doha in 2013.

Ese has not only become the African record holder in the event, she is also the world leader with less than 60 days to the Tokyo Olympics where the 25 year old will be the cynosure of all eyes as she bids to turn a fifth placed finish five years ago in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on her debut at the quadrennial Games to a podium finish.

She has also moved up in the event’s world all-time list to 22nd while her compatriots, Ajunwa is 32nd and Okagbare with her legal 7.00m jump at the Stade Louis II in Monaco in July 2013 is ranked 70th.

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Source: Complete Sports

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