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HOUSTON, TEXAS (January 14, 2018) Coming from 23 seconds behind the leader at the 40-kilometer mark, Bazu Worku won the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon in the time of 2:08.31. It was the third Houston win for the 27-year-old from Ethiopia, having taken top honors in 2013 (2:07:32) and 2014 (2:10:17). He stayed in the lead pack from the start through the halfway point and faded to 14 seconds behind second place finisher Yitayal Atnafu. That deficit increased to 39 seconds at the 35-kilometer mark. At 40-kilometers, he increased his pace, cutting the gap to 23 seconds. With a bit over two kilometers to go, he made up his 23-second deficit and sprinted ahead to win by 37 seconds.
In 2009, he finished in second place and set a world record in the event with the time of 2:06.15 in the 2009 Paris Marathon. His 2017 victory in Houston stands as the third fastest in race history. In 2010 in Berlin, he achieved his personal best with the time of 2:05:25.