Desiree Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st U.S. woman since '85

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

Linden's victory answered months of speculation as to whether a USA woman could win due to a talented American field in this year's race.

The temperature was 38 degrees, the wind was gusting and the rain was steady when the elite field departed Hopkinton at 9:32 a.m.

"At six miles I was thinking, 'No way, this is not my day, '" she said.

2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds - was the slowest winning time since 1978, that only spoke to the hard conditions runners faced through the 26.2 mile course, battered by a tough wind and cold rain that kept the pace relatively slow.

"Frankly at mile 2, 3, even 4 I did not feel as if I had been gon nana even make it on the end point".

Early in the race, Linden impressed commentators with a show of sportsmanship, hanging back as a fellow American racer took a bathroom break, and then helping them catch back up with the pack. Linden, a California native who lives in MI, almost ended the drought in 2011 when she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds during yet another Kenyan sweep. She said she was "in shock" that her podium finish earned her $75,000 in prize money, the AP reported.

Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to a Boston Marathon victory on Monday, the first American woman to win the race since 1985.

As for herself, Flanagan was reportedly unsure she would even finish the Boston Marathon. "I'm thrilled to be here and get it done".

Wearing a white windbreaker that was drenched and billowing in the wind, Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line in second, 2:25 back, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other US men. "This is my sixth time here and I learned something every time". Linden passed Chesir at the cemetery and began her long lonely run to Copley Square. "It was you're-going-to-win excited but I had been in a sprint finish on Boylston before so I tried not to let up".

Linden was greeted by thunderous applause when she made the turn onto Boylston Street.

"It was kind of mile by mile until I took that turn and people were excited and not in the way someone was chasing me down", said Linden. Buzunesh Deba assumed control at Lake Cochituate and held form through Natick Center.

'For me, it's the best conditions possible, ' Kawauchi said through an interpreter and with a wide smile. Today's competition marked her fourth entry in the Boston race and the most anticipated one in her professional career.

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