Michigan's Desiree Linden wins 2018 Boston Marathon

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 17, 2018

The U.S. athlete was hoping to finally "make peace" with the Boston Marathon, which she was forced to forfeit a year ago due to a bone fracture in her lower back.

The brutal conditions caused this to be the slowest women's race since 1978.

The Arizona State Sun Devils said it best: Chills.

The runner was convinced the 2018 Boston Marathon was going to be her swan song - a final chance to win the 26.2-mile race.

On Monday in Boston, it was indeed Linden's turn. 'I'm just very glad that I made it'. By the end, she was all alone in first place as the crowded Boston streets cheered Linden to the first women's race victory for a United States runner since 1985.

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. "Helping her helped me".

"I told her (Flanagan) in the race, I said if there's anything I can do to help you out, let me know because I might just drop out", Linden said in a statement.

Lisa Larsen Weidenbach's 1985 victory was the last for an American woman - before the race began offering prize money that lured the top global competitors to the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. Professional distance runners Shalane Flanagan, Molly Huddle and Sara Sellers, among several others, joined Linden in the women's race, and Americans filled six of the top eight finishers.

Yuki Kawauchi passed defending champion Geoffrey Kirui in Kenmore Square to win the men's race in an unofficial 2:15:58 and earn Japan's first Boston Marathon title since 1987.

"I don't have the right words", Linden told reporters. Rachel Hyland finished fourth and Jessica Chichester finished in fifth place.

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