Ethiopian Bazu Worku took home the men’s victory at the 2014 Houston Chevron Marathon Sunday, Jan. 19, with a dominant time of two hours, seven minutes and 32 seconds.
Fellow Ethiopian Getachew Terfa finished in second with a time of 2:07:54, and Mexico’s Jose Antonio Uribe finished third with a time of 2:07:54.
It was an exciting edition of the race, as Ethiopian Abebech Bekele made a late surge and stole the victory on the women’s side, amassing an impressive time of 2:18:27.
Here is a look at the top finishers from the men's classification:
|3||Jose Antonio Uribe||Mexico||2:08:55|
|4||Dadi Yami Gemeda||Ethiopia||2:11:08|
Here is a look at the top finishers from the women's classification:
*All results via HoustonMarathon.com.
While there is plenty of praise to go around for an impressive event, there is no discounting how dominant Worku’s performance was. As Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle tweets, the Ethiopian won on and off the course:
Worku will pocket another $40,000 for first place. He becomes 1st repeat champ since David Cheruiyot in 05-06. He's 3rd faster ever here.— Dale Robertson (@sportywineguy) January 19, 2014
Worku did not manhandle his competition as many expected, though, with Terfu finishing just 22 seconds off his pace. Still, the two Ethiopian stars were the class of the field, with third-place finisher Uribe finishing 83 seconds off Worku’s winning pace.
As if winning first and second place on the men’s side wasn’t enough, Ethiopians Dadi Yami Gemeda and Senbeto Geneti managed to finish fourth and eighth respectively, totaling four top-10 finishers from Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian women also dominated the event.
Not only did Bekele win, but fellow Ethiopian women Meskerem Assefa, Gelete Burka, Biruktait Degefa and Makda Haji also performed at an elite level, rounding out the top five respectively.
Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reveals where Bekele’s performance ranks all time:
Abebech Bekele's time of 2:25:52 was officially the eighth fastest time by a woman in Chevron Houston Marathon history.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) January 19, 2014
While it was clear that the nation of Ethiopia stole the show—Sunday’s win was the seventh in eight years for the men and the eighth consecutive victory for the women—the runners from the United States performed at a high level as well.
On the men’s side, Ian Burrell and Tim Young finished seventh and 10th respectively. On the women’s side, Heather Tanner was the sole representative of the United States in the top 10, finishing in ninth place.
The race was a grand spectacle that featured the city of Houston and its inhabitants rallying around the athletes. With top-level performances making the day even more impressive, this year’s event will be remembered as one of the best.