Bazu Worku

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Bazu Worku
Bazu Worku in 2015 Lake Biwa Marathon.jpg
Bazu Worku (#1) at the 2015 Lake Biwa Marathon
Personal information
Born (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 26)
Country  Ethiopia

Bazu Worku (born 15 September 1990) is a long-distance runner from Ethiopia who competes in marathon races.

Worku made his first appearances on the road running circuit in 2008: he was third in the 15 km race at the Istanbul Eurasia Marathon in October,[1] and registered a personal best at the Delhi Half Marathon. He improved his half marathon best at the Paris Half Marathon in March 2009, winning the race in a time of 1:01:56.[2]

On 5 April 2009 at the Paris Marathon, Worku ran his debut marathon in 2:06:15 to finish as runner-up to Vincent Kipruto of Kenya.[3] This was the fastest time ever run for an 18-year-old over the distance.[4] Worku ran at the Ottawa Marathon in May 2010 and placed third, twenty seconds adrift of winner Arata Fujiwara.[5] He improved his personal best time at the 2010 Berlin Marathon, running 2:05:25 to take third place.[4] He ran at the national 30 km championships but was beaten into second place by Azmeraw Bekele.[6] He was selected for the World Championship Marathon in 2011 but failed to finish the race.

He ran at three high-profile marathons in 2012. He ran a season's best of 2:07:48 at the Dubai Marathon and also entered the 2012 London Marathon, but did not make the top ten in either race. He was runner-up at the Chinese Lanzhou Marathon then managed fifth at the Frankfurt Marathon.[7] He began 2013 with wins at the Houston Marathon and Grandma's Marathon in the United States.[8] He was close to third victory at the Eindhoven Marathon, but was beaten to the top spot by Yemane Tsegay.[9]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (h:m:s) Venue Date
10 km 28:21 New Delhi, India 9 Nov 2008
Half marathon 1:01:56 Paris, France 8 Mar 2009
Marathon 2:05:25 Berlin, Germany 26 Sep 2010
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


  1. ^ Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada (2008-10-27). Roba and Yulamanova take Istanbul titles in heavy rain and gusty wind. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-26.
  2. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2009-03-08). Prokopcuka and Worku win in Paris. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-26.
  3. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2009-04-05). 2:05:47 course record for Kipruto in Paris, five others under 2:07. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-26.
  4. ^ a b Butcher, Pat (2010-09-26). Makau and Kebede triumph in rainy Berlin. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-26.
  5. ^ Men's course record falls in Ottawa. IAAF (2010-05-31). Retrieved on 2010-09-26.
  6. ^ Negash, Elshadai (2010-11-01). Mohammed and Bekele take Ethiopian 30km titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-01.
  7. ^ Butcher, Pat (2012-10-28). Patience pays for Makau in Frankfurt, debut win for Melkamu. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-11.
  8. ^ Youth trumps weather in Houston as Ethiopians take clean sweep of titles. IAAF (2013-01-13). Retrieved on 2013-02-18.
  9. ^ Minshull, Phil (2013-10-13). Tsegay ends Kenya's 14-year winning streak at Marathon Eindhoven. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-10-15.

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