Ethiopian center and lengthy distance runner Tadu Nare of Nedbank could be the athlete to beat in the Cape City leg of the Spar Mammoth Prix 10km race at Greenpoint on Saturday morning.
The 20-one year-former laid down the marker two weeks ago in the opening race in Pietermaritzburg the put she stormed to victory in a time of 32.22, greater than a minute sooner than SA’s Glenrose Xaba (Boxer) who finished second in 33.40 minutes.
She remains the favourite in Cape City because so much of high runners admire defending champions Helalia Johannes of Namibia and Comrades Marathon winner Gerda Steyn are recovering after competing in the Olympic marathon. One more seemingly probability, Irvette van Zyl, is injured.
No matter the absence of Johannes, Steyn and Van Zyl, the Cape City field continues to be highly aggressive with the likes of Xaba, Tayla Kavanagh, Kesa Molotsane and Fortunate Chidzivo looking for his or her first wins in the Mammoth Prix.
After winning in Pietermaritzburg, Nare said she will be able to’t wait to race on the flatter Cape City route and he or she is using the Mammoth Prix series to toughen her sprint in preparation for the Barcelona Marathon later in the one year.
“I’m looking forward to the Cape City race because I accept as true with the route is going to be flatter than Pietermaritzburg, which had hills,” she said. “I’m additionally using this Mammoth Prix to train for the Barcelona Marathon. I’m using this 10km for sprint training. I don’t are looking to blow everything I accept as true with in the tank in the 10km but I will be going all out to win your entire Mammoth Prix races this season.”
Victory for Nare would examine her consolidate her lead in the race to the title and field herself on the crawl to dethrone Johannes, who gained the total title after winning all six races in 2019.
Xaba will be looking to toughen her performance after her calf and knee struggled on the hills of Pietermaritzburg, whereas Molotsane will be looking to toughen her events.
Attention will additionally be on 20-one year-former Kavanagh, who became the step forward athlete in Pietermaritzburg after she powered thru a mighty field to finish third, eight seconds behind the vastly experienced Xaba.
The organisers accept as true with confirmed that the race can accept as true with fewer than 150 elite runners and this may perhaps occasionally perhaps also be race on a looped course of two 5km laps in the Greenpoint, Granger Bay and Mouillé Point precinct.
Cape City’s mayoral committee member for security and security, JP Smith, said town is comfy to welcome the athletes to the main avenue race to happen in town this one year.
“The city’s partnership with this occasion goes abet a protracted time and our toughen for it speaks to a dedication to enabling women folks’s sport whereas additionally promoting a healthy daily life,” he said.
2021 Spar GRAND PRIX CALENDAR
Saturday September 4: Cape City
Saturday September 11: Durban
Friday September 24: Tshwane
Sunday October 3: Johannesburg
Saturday October 9: Gqeberha