Ethiopians reign over Chevron Houston marathon


It was an all Ethiopian athletics weekend in Houston as Ethiopians dominated all four of the long distance events. Bezu worku led a five-men marathon medal sweeping Ethiopian squad while Merima Mohammed reaching the tape followed behind by three athletes from home. The 22 year old Bezu stayed along with the leading pack of nine until past the half- way mark, then  made a move to disband the pack at the 25km mark, taking the lead with determination. Alone yet moving at a faster pace, Bezu crossed the finishing line in 2:12:50, followed behind by four of his compatriots, Teferi Bulcha in 2:12:50, Solomon Molla in 2:14:37, Berhanu Gedfa in 2:15:21 and Dereje Aberra in 2:17;09.
Merima Mohammed was the flagship in leading a four- women Ethiopian marathon squad to the podium. The 20 year old broke from the pack at the 33km mark then hit the road and  crossed the finish line only 23 seconds later than the record winning time of 2:23:37. Her compatriots Bezunesh Daba, Meskerem Assefa and Meseret Legesse finished second, third and fourth respectively.
Course record holder Feyissa lelisa ran side by side with compatriot Deriba Mergia and completed the home stretch where he appeared to sprint for his life to win the Half Marathon event in 61:54 with Mergia coming home six seconds later, followed by Kenyan Wilson Loyanoi. Mamitu Deska took full command of the women’s Half Marathon event from start to finish clocking the fifth fastest time in race history to win in 69:53. Kenyan Caroline Kilel finished second in 71:58 followed by compatriot Helen Jemutai.