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Okagbare leaps into long jump final, Brume out

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Blessing Okagbare on Wednesday boosted Nigeria’s chances of winning a medal at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London after qualifying for the final of the women’s long jump.

However, the country’s second athlete in the event, Ese Brume, crashed out of the event after finishing 17th overall.

Competing in Group A alongside Beijing 2015 and Rio 2016 Olympic champion, Tianna Bartoletta of the USA, Brume, whose season best is 6.64m, could not replicate the jump in her three attempts in London and finished 10th in her group.

She jumped 6.16m in her first attempt before increasing to 6.29m in her second attempt. Her third attempt was 6.38m.

Russia’s Darya Klishna won the group with a 6.66m jump while Bartoletta finished second in the group with 6.64m. Olympic and worlds bronze medallist Ivana Spanovic of Serbia was third with 6.62m.

In Group B, Okagbare, who competed against USA’s Britney Reese and Great Britain’s Loraine Ugen, finished second in the group.

Okagbare’s first attempt was 6.21m while she jumped a distance of 6.51m in her second attempt before she fouled her third attempt.

Ugen won the group with a jump of 6.63m while Reese was third with 6.50m. The final of the event holds on Friday.

Okagbare won silver in the event in Moscow in 2013.


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