HOUSTON (AP) -- Bazu Worku and Merima Mohammed gave Ethiopia a sweep of the men s and women s divisions of the Houston Marathon on Sunday. Ethiopians also won both races in the half marathon.
This was Worku s first marathon title. He finished in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 17 seconds and won by more than two minutes. Mohammed was timed in 2:23:37.
On day of light to sometimes heavy rain with temperatures in the 40s, Ethiopians were runners-up in both marathon divisions. Teferi Balcha finished second among the men in 2:12:50. Andrew Carlson was the top American, seventh in 2:17:16. Buzunesh Deba was the women s runner-up in 2:24:36.
In the men s half marathon, Feyisa Lilesa successfully defended his half marathon title, winning in 1:01:54, beating countryman Deriba Merga by seven seconds. The women s winner was Mamitu Daska in 1:09:53. She won the Houston Marathon in 2011.