Favour Ashe: Nigeria’s Sprint Sensation With The 5th Fastest US Collegiate Time

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Another NCAA season, another sprint star for Nigeria as the men’s sprint section comes alive with Favour Ashe.

Favour Ashe is the latest sprint sensation for Nigeria in the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The 19-year-old clocked a blistering 9.79 (+3.0), the fifth-fastest time in NCAA(all conditions).

Favour Ashe

Since the exit of Olusoji Fasuba, Nigeria has struggled to produce top and consistent male sprinters.

In the last five years, the country is gradually filling that void with sprinters like Enoch Adegoke, Divine Oduduru and African Games champion Raymond Ekevwo.

Also coming on the periphery is Alaba Akintola, who won silver at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

The latest star along the production line is Favour Ashe.

From Humble beginnings with The Making of Champions athletics club in Nigeria, Favour is fine-tuning himself in the NCAA with the University of Tennessee. 

Making a good impression at the 2018 MoC Athletics Trials in Ughelli, Favour was one of the athletes selected to join the MoC Track Club for the 2019 season.

Nicknamed ‘Ashe Bolt’ by his teammates, Favour Ashe made history by becoming the first athlete from MoC Track Club to run a World Lead at any time, barely one year after joining the club!

Favour Ashe MOC

He shattered his PB after storming to an incredible World U20 Lead (at the time) of 10.40s to win his 100m heat at the AFN All-Comers in Akure in February.

Favour Ashe: Sprinting An exceptional Season

Earlier in the season, The 19-year-old hit a Personal Best (PB) of 6.51s to win the first heat of the men’s 60m at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Alabama.

Favour’s time is the fastest by a Nigerian sprinter this season and further breaks his Freshman Record for Tennessee.

Similarly, his time at the weekend places him on an exclusive list of Olympic medalists

For context, a look at the top five fastest times in NCAA history:

Obadele Thompson, 9.69 (+5.0)

Andre De Grasse, 9.75 (+2.7)

Churandy Martina, 9.76 (+6.1)

Trayvon Bromell, 9.77 (+4.2)

Favour Ashe, 9.79 (+3.0)

The sprinters above him have either won Olympic or World Championship medals.

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