Ese Brume set to make Diamond League debut in Lausanne
Nigeria’s current best long jumper, Ese Brume will be on the spotlight this week from the Nigerian perspective, when she competes in her first Diamond League career outing in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Thursday, July 5th.
The 2014 Commonwealth Champion, has only made an appearance in world athletics scene this season, when she leapt to a meeting record of 6.82m to take the win at Jamaica Invitational back in May. The distance is just 1m short of her personal best of 6.83m set at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, thereby making known the great form she’s in this year.
However, she’ll have to be at her best once again if she’s to create a major upset and make her diamond league debut a memorable one, when she lines up against some of the best jumpers in the world that includes: newly crowned British Champion and World Leader, Lorraine Ugen (7.05m), joint world No.2 Ivana Spanovic and Malaika Mihambo (6.99m), world No.7, Brooke Stratton (6.88m), triple jump veteran, Caterine Ibarguen (6.87m), Olympic Champion, Tianna Bartoletta and Britain’s Shara Proctor.
Meanwhile, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor will also be in action in Lausanne, competing in a world class 100m field.
She’ll be hoping to bring back the form that saw her finish 2nd in 10.90s at the Doha Diamond League, when she goes against familiar rivals such as Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers, not forgetting the Ivorian duo of Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Mureille Ahoure. Also, new sprints sensation Aleia Hobbs, is expected to be a stiff competitor as she’s the newly crowned US Champion with Personal Best of 10.90s.