A promising future for Tadu Nare as she sweeps the Spar Race six times.

October 11, 2021

Tadu Nare, an Ethiopian mid-distance runner, won this year’s Spar Grand Prix finishing in 32:33 with a clean sweep. The Spar Grand Prix Is a woman’s race held in South Africa taking place over six race dates in six cities. The Ethiopian national, born in Sidama 270 km from Addis Ababa, was granted a visa for only five days on each of her visits to South Africa. Tadu Nare told a press conference after the race that being on her toes due to the five-day visa restriction was tough but the challenges of traveling between two countries couldn’t keep her from being crowned this year’s Spar Grand Prix champion. Only Helalia Johannes of Namibia has achieved this feat to date, when her teammate Nare finished second in every race. As for her other victories, she saw little opposition from her opponents, namely former champions Molotsane and Xaba, as well as Olympian Irvette van Zyl. The next event on Nare’s calendar is the Barcelona Marathon in Spain next month, which will be her first event over the 42km distance. She is planning to use the R340,000 prize money to help build a house for her mom, among other things.

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