For the first time in her distinguished career, Nigeria’s medal contender in the women’s high jump event, Ese Brume, finished fourth following her final leap yesterday.
Brume, who earned a bronze medal in the identical event in Oregon last year, was a shell of herself, as her best effort was unable to get on the podium.
Nigeria’s bad luck at the World Championships in Budapest continues, with more of her athletes withdrawing from their competitions.
Ushoritse Itshekiri, Nigeria’s fastest man, and compatriot Seye Ogunlewe were eliminated in the 100m semifinals Wednesday.
While Ogunlewe finished fifth in his semifinal race with a timing of 10.12 seconds, Itsehekiri finished eighth with a time of 10.19 seconds.
Olusoji Fasuba set the record for Nigeria in the 100m in 2007.
Meanwhile, all eyes are on Tobi Amusan, the world’s Women’s 100m Hurdles champion, who will begin her title defense tomorrow.
Amusan, who was suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit for allegedly violating an out-of-competition test, was let off the hook by the World Athletics Disciplinary Committee, which heard her appeal and later cleared her of any wrongdoing.