There’s no stopping Tadu Nare as the Ethiopian long-distance runner made it five consecutive wins in the Spar Grand Prix 10km series in Johannesburg on Sunday, 3 October 2021.
Nare crossed the finish line in 33 minutes and 20 seconds ahead of Kesa Molotsane (34:34) and Irvette van Zyl (34:40), who completed the top three.
“I am hoping to run below 30 minutes in Gqeberha, depending on the weather conditions,” said Nare to the media after her performance.
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“I find it very tiring because I have to fly back to Addis Ababa after every race, because they will only give me a five-day visa. It would be better for my training if I could stay here,” she added.
Speaking on her second-place finish, Molotsane said: “I was managing my time and the distance for the first eight kilometres and then I kicked for the last two. I saw Irvette pass Glenrose, and then I was able to get past Irvette right at the end.”
Van Zyl expressed her delight as she ran her second Grand Prix race after sustaining an injury before the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“I am just so pleased to be running again, pain-free. Now I just have to work on my fitness, but mainly on my mental health. I keep having flashbacks to the night before the marathon in Tokyo. But running in these SPAR races has helped my confidence. They are helping me to move forward.”
On Saturday, 9 October, Nare will be aiming to earn a sixth victory in the final race which will take place at the Nelson Mandela University grounds in Gqeberha.
Photo 1 Caption: Ethiopia’s Tadu Nare (Nedbank) wins the 2021 SPAR Grand Prix Joburg 10km race to maintain her 100% win record in the series on Sunday, 3 October 2021. Photo: Reg Caldecott