Olympics News: Once Arrested for Theft, Favour Ashe Takes ‘Fastest Man of 2024’ Title at Florida Relays


Nigerian sprinter Favour Ashe made a triumphant return to the track in the 2024 season in January. At the Harvey Glance Tide & Tigers Dual Meet in Birmingham, Alabama, Ashe delivered a stunning performance in the 60-meter event, crossing the finish line with an impressive time of 6.53 seconds. This remarkable achievement, achieved in his very first race of the season, came incredibly close to his personal best of 6.51 seconds.
Affectionately dubbed the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ for his lightning-fast pace, Ashe’s resurgence has been nothing short of extraordinary, as seen recently again. His recent standout performance at the Florida Relays further solidified his reputation, earning him the distinction of being the first sub-10-second runner to qualify for the Paris Olympic Games. However, Ashe’s journey to success has been punctuated by challenges, including past legal troubles stemming from fraud charges.
Favour Ashe dominates the Florida Relays with record-breaking performance
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Favour Ashe has emerged as the fastest man of 2024, capturing attention with his exceptional performance at the Florida Relays. Ashe’s remarkable feat of clocking 9.99 seconds in the men’s collegiate 100m event not only secured him a coveted spot in the Paris Olympics but also marked him as the first sub-10-second runner of the year.
With this near-lifetime best time, just 0.03 seconds shy of his personal record, Ashe has solidified his position as a formidable contender. Nevertheless, his journey to this achievement was marked by adversity, initially entangled in legal woes following his arrest on charges of credit card fraud and property theft in Auburn, Alabama, USA.
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Ashe’s arrest and charges exposed – incarcerated for dark secrets
The arrest of Ashe was disclosed by the Auburn Police Department, revealing that he was apprehended on February 6, 2022, following a report from a victim regarding the theft of multiple items, including a credit card, from a purse near the 100 block of West Magnolia Avenue in the city. After digging deeper, authorities discovered that fraudulent charges had been racked up on the stolen card. Ashe ended up surrendering himself as a suspect.
Following a thorough investigation, the department secured arrest warrants leveling four counts of fraudulent use of a debit/credit card and two counts of third-degree theft of property against the athlete.
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Despite Ashe’s impressive athletic accomplishments, such as winning a bronze medal for Nigeria in the men’s 4×400 meters at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and holding the title of national 100-meter champion, his reputation has been overshadowed by involvement in legal issues. In June 2023, he achieved a new personal best by running 9.96 seconds in the 100m at the NCAA Championships held in Texas. However, his entanglement in legal matters contributes to a troubling pattern of Nigerian athletes being implicated in fraud scandals abroad.


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