Houston Marathon: Ethiopian Bekana Daba Wins Houston Marathon

January 30, 2011 Updated: January 31, 2011

Bekana Daba, an Ethiopian national, won the Houston Marathon held on Sunday in record time, according to The Associated Press and other media reports.

Daba ran the just-over 26-mile-long race in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 4 seconds, breaking the previous record of 2:07:37, held by compatriot Teshome Gelana, who didn’t run this year.

"I was a little bit in need of going to the restroom," Daba said through a translator, according to the AP report. "Somehow, I managed it."

Mamitu Daska, also from Ethiopia, won the women’s marathon in Houston at a time of 2:26:33, becoming the fifth Ethiopian woman to win the race.

Daba added that he “could have ran faster” if there was no rain, according to Runnersweb.com, a site dedicated to running news. For finishing the race, he won $35,000.

Daska also won $35,000 for finishing first.

Nick Arciniaga from the United States came in second in the men’s race at 2:11:30. Two other runners from the United States, Jesse Davis and Brett Gotcher, came in fifth and sixth, respectively.

“But I felt good early on, (for) about 15 miles,” Gotcher told the Houston Chronicle. “I was focused. I did the same training as last year. Right now it’s hard to pinpoint what went wrong.”