Nigeria’s only track and field medallist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Ese Brume, is a source of inspiration to Nigerians even before achieving success on Tuesday.
Ella Onouvevwo, a 400m runner who is only in SS3, sees Brume as her sporting idol.
Just like many sportsmen and women who have come out of Delta State, Onouvevwo was discovered while representing her school — Etigbo Secondary School, Ughelli.
A successful outing with her school propelled her to more success on the national stage, winning a gold medal at the 2019 National Youth Games in Ilorin.
“I started athletics in 2019 after I represented my school at an invitation relay at Government College, Ughelli, where we placed second. Then my coach called me and said we should start training,” she told PUNCH Sports Extra.
“After that, I went to the 2019 National Youth Games in Ilorin, where I won the gold medal at the 4x400m mixed relay.
“I went into athletics because it was just a part of me. I just started doing it right from primary school, I just love running.
“I like Ese Brume because of her strength, she is a strong woman and always does her best while competing.
“I was very happy and excited and I will love to achieve the much she has achieved in sports,”
Success at the youth stage has further propelled the youngster to national prominence.
At the Athletics Federation of Nigeria All-Comers Meet in Akure in January, Onouvevwo ran a new Personal Best of 56.18secs to win heat 4 of the women’s 400m.
She hopes to continue to combine her academics with sports, with the desire to be an accountant and gain global prominence, representing Nigeria at the Olympics.