ATHLETICS

Meet Favor Ashe, the fastest man in Nigeria and 12th ever to run sub-10secs in 100m

20-year-old former Making of Champions sprinter Favor Ashe is the rave of the moment following a historic outing in the National Championships in Benin.

Favor Ashe ran a blistering 9.99s to win the 100m.

Favor Ashe has become the fastest man in Nigeria at the moment after a blistering performance at the National Athletics Championships in Benin City.

Ashe made history as he became the 12th Nigerian man ever to run sub-10 seconds in 100m.

He clocked an incredible 9.99seconds to emerge champion in the 100m dash at a keenly contested race in Benin at the weekend.

The 20-year-old, with the feat, which is also his personal best, became the third Nigerian to run sub-10 on home soil in Nigeria's history.

Ashe has joined an elite list of sprinters in Nigeria’s athletics history after his excellent performance in Benin.

As the third to run below 10 seconds in 100m, he joins an elite list that includes legendary sprinters like Deji Aliu and Uchenna Emedolu, who ran 9.98s, 9.95s and 9.97s respectively in 2003.

According to his former team, Making of Champions, it was the former fastest man, Aliu, who discovered Ashe during the 2018 MoC Athletics Trials in Ughelli, Delta State.

Ashe’s athletics journey started when he was scouted by the eagle-eyed MoC scouts led by Aliu in 2018.

He received his education there from 2018 to 2021 before making the semi-finals of the 2019 National Championships.

Last year, Ashe received 15 US Collegiate Scholarship offers but settled for the University of Tennessee, where he went on to win NCAA 60m Bronze & 100m Silver and the SEC 100m Title within just 6 months as a freshman, as per Making of Champions.

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