The 17 edition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships entered day 10 at the Khalifa International Stadium on Sunday in Doha, Qatar.
Day 10 saw the 2019 World Athletics Championships come to a climax, for Team Nigeria it was a day of happiness, tears of joy, sadness and consolidation as Ese Brume struck a “golden” Bronze in Long Jump, while Tobi Amusan missed the podium by 0.02s margin.
Ese Brume who qualified for the women’s long jump event with just one attempt, became the first Nigerian to win a medal at the world championship since Blessing Okagbare in 2013.
The Commonwealth Games and 2019 African champion leaped a distance of 6.91m in her 6th attempt to deliver a bronze medal, which apparently was Nigeria’s first and only medal of any shade at the just concluded World Championships in 6 years.
It was heartbreak for Tobi Amusan who became the first Nigerian to qualify for the final of the women’s 100m Hurdle since Glory Alozie in 1999 as she finished 4th in time of 12.49s.
The African champion posed the fastest time in her first heat with a new personal best of 12.48s, she also replicated that same form in her semi finals, as the Nigerian won heat 3 in time of 12.48s to qualify for the finals.
Amusan poor reaction time from the start condemned her to 4th, as Nia Ali of USA won gold in time of 12.34s, Kendra Harrison finished 2nd and Danielle Williams completed the podium places.
Kenya finished as Africa’s best nation in second place on the medal table, only behind USA, the East Africans claimed 5 golds, 2 silvers, 4 bronze medals, closely followed by Ethiopia in 5th, and Uganda in 9th. South Africa failed to register their name on the medal table in the absence of Caster Semenya.
Another disappointing outing at the World Championships for Team Nigeria, but a shade better than the 2015 and 2017 editions.