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Ese Brume hopes Nigeria gold rush at Commonwealth Games can inspire young girls

Ese Brume hopes a gold rush by Nigeria’s women on the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will inspire girls in the country to take up sport.

Brume, 26, 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.

The sensational performances took Nigeria’s Games tally to 12 gold medals, making them Africa’s top performers at the showpiece.

“I know this will be an inspiration for them,” Brume told BBC Sport Africa.

“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,” she added.

“I hope it works.”

Brume, a three-time African champion, 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.

Meanwhile, Amusan set a new Games record of 12.30 seconds to add the Commonwealth 100m hurdles title to her gold at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene.

The 25-year-old then returned to help Nigeria to 4x100m relay victory alongside Favour Ofili, Rose Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha.

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