Ese Brume hopes a gold rush by Nigeria’s women on the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games will inspire girls in the country to take up sport.
The 26-year-old reclaimed her long jump title on a day when Tobi Amusan won 100m hurdles gold and they also triumphed in the women’s 4x100m relay.
That took Nigeria’s Games tally to 12 gold medals, making the country Africa’s top performers in Birmingham, England.
“I know this will be an inspiration for them,” Brume told BBC Sport Africa.
She added: “Of course, when you see someone you look up to doing well, you want to definitely be like them. So this is going to motivate and inspire them.”
Three-time African champion Brume set a new Games Record with a leap of 7.00 metres to win, adding a second Commonwealth gold to the one she claimed in Glasgow eight years ago. After two jumps of 6.99m and one of 6.96m – which would all have been enough to secure top spot on the podium – Brume said her record jump demonstrated her consistency in her discipline.
“This is one thing I really wanted – to get the Games Record,” she added.
“This is special for me, because it shows consistency. It shows the hard work of all those that have supported me, and my coach who has been backing me up.”