Rio Olympics: Ese Brume qualifies for Long Jump final, Okagbare falters again

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Team Nigeria’s Efe Brume is through to the final of the women’s long jump event at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics.

Brume, the only African in the final, qualified as the sixth best jumper with a leap of 6.67m. The reigning Commonwealth Champion will hope she can ruffle feathers for a possible podium finish.

The Women’s Long Jump final is fixed for 9.15 p.m. Brazil time, about 1.15 a.m. on Thursday in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, it was another bad day for Blessing Okagbare as she failed to make it beyond the semi finals of the 200m event.

Okagbare, who had also crashed out in the semi final of the 100m, finished 5th in her 200m semi final race and her time of 22.69 could not earn her a final ticket.

The only hope for a medal for Okagbare now lies in the 4x100m where the country faces an uphill task against the likes of Jamaica and USA.

There was more disappointment for Nigeria on the tracks where the country’s hope for a place in the men’s 110m hurdles finals evaporated with the last place finish of Antwon Hicks in his semi final race.

Nigeria will hope her athletes get it right on Wednesday as Tobi Amusan will be competing in the 100m hurdles semi final while the final comes up hours later.

Also Divine Oduduru will be racing alongside Usain Bolt in one of the two men’s semi final races. The race is fixed for 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

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