Twenty-two year old Bazu Worku of Ethiopia ran away with the men’s title at the 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon. Worku, who had been running in a pack of nine early in the race, came through the half at 65:25 with five others. But by 25km, he had opened up a 50 second lead over Solomon Molla. Worku continued to stretch that lead with every mile and finished in 2:10:17, winning by more than two-and-a-half minutes.
Worku made his marathon debut in 2009, finishing as the runner-up in Paris in 2:06:15. This was the fastest time ever run for an 18-year-old over the distance. It was also the third fastest marathon debut of all-time. Worku was one of the final three fighting through heavy rain at the 2010 Berlin Marathon achieved another personal best by placing third in 2:05:25.
2012: 13th at Dubai Marathon (2:07:48), 12th at London Marathon (2:10:14), 2nd at Lanzhou Marathon (2:15:21), 5th at Frankfurt Marathon (2:08:35), 9th at New Delhi Half Marathon (63:38)
2011: DNF at World Championships
2010: 3rd at Ottawa Marathon (2:09:54), 3rd at Berlin Marathon (2:05:25 PR)