TADU Nare has successfully defended her Spar Grand Prix title after winning the Tshwane leg of the series – her third win on the spin after she won in Durban and Mbombela.
The Ethiopian has opened an unassailable lead at the top of the overall standings in the absence of her rival, Namibian Helalia Johannes in Tshwane.
Johannes couldn’t make it to the Tshwane leg after her participation at the Commonwealth Games, leaving Nare with a clear run to the title and the R195 000.
The 41-year-old Johannes can no longer catch up to Nare even if she wins the last two legs in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Johannes’ absence in the capital city meant Nare coasted to the finish line with a time of 32:44 while her compatriot Salem Gebre came in second with a time of 33:08.
Irvette van Zyl, who was making her return after missing the Mbombela leg due to an ankle injury, was the fastest South African in third as she clinched a podium finish with a time of 34:14.
Glenrose Xaba of Boxer had been third for the better part of the race, but she was forced to settle for fourth with a time of 34:28.