Houston Marathon race report

Ethiopia's Bazu Worku takes his maiden marathon win at Houston

Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku takes his maiden marathon win at Houston

In freezing conditions Ethiopia again stated its dominance on Houston, winning the men’s and women’s marathon and half-marathon.

Pre-race favourite Bazu Worku was able to claim his maiden marathon title, crossing the line in 2:10:17. Despite having a PB almost five minutes faster, Worku was happy to record the win in rainy, cold conditions.

“I’m very happy I won.  The weather was not cooperating with us,” Worku told media after his win.

Emerging star Merima Mohammed narrowly missed the woman’s course record, the 20 year old winning in 2:23:37. In the challenging conditions she broke away from compatriot and main rival Buzunesh Deba at the 33km mark and never looked back, eventually winning by just under a minute. Mohammed missed the course record by just 23 seconds and was only 33 seconds off setting a new personal best.

Mohammed said to media after the race that she has plans to go faster.

“In the future, I would like to do much better, maybe into 2:18,” Mohammed said.

wethoustonBefore the race all eyes were on the men’s half-marathon field with a $50,000 incentive for a new world record. It turns out the sponsors (marathonguide.com) money was never under any real threat, the weather leading the eventual winner, defending champion Feyisa Lelisa, breaking the tape in 1:01:54, three and a half minutes outside the world record.

“Since the weather was so bad, I just wanted to win,” said Lelisa.

The women’s half-marathon was won by Mamitu Daska in 1:09:53, more than two minutes ahead of second place finisher Caroline Kilel of Kenya.

More than 25,000 athletes raced either the marathon or half-marathon event on Sunday.

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