Friday, 16 November, 2018


Boston marathon winner's incredible act of sportsmanship

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Noah Ferguson | 17 April, 2018, 13:36

While slowing down cost the pair around 15 seconds, it proved inconsequential for Linden, who pulled away from the pack in the closing miles to finish in a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds - more than four minutes ahead of second-place getter Sarah Sellers.

"I told her (Flanagan) anything I can do to help you let me know because I might drop out".

"She nudged me and said she was going to the bathroom", Linden said.

Linden, the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985, spent the first hour of the race alongside fellow American and 2017 New York City Marathon victor Shalane Flanagan, even slowing down over an hour in while Flanagan used the bathroom. Nearly an hour into the race, fellow American runner Shalane Flanagan took a quick detour to use one of the restrooms set up just off the course. "I was just running hard as I could and if I had known I had that gap I would have slowed down and been caught".

"I think that momentum of just helping someone else, not investing so much in how she's feeling maybe gave her that little lift she needed".

Flanagan was even quoted to have said she wanted to win the 2018 Boston marathon "so badly" that she had to resort to reverse psychology in order to maintain focus.

Linden almost ended the drought in 2011 when she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds.

According to USA Today, the 34-year-old athlete from MI displayed incredible sportsmanship before claiming her title by actually stopping to wait for Flanagan a couple of miles into the race.

Weather conditions were so bad the Boston Red Sox, who usually play a Major League Baseball home game on race day, postponed their Fenway Park contest for the first time since 1984.

Shalane Flanagan competes at the 122nd Boston Marathon.

"Honestly at mile 2, 3, 4 I didn't feel like I was gonna even make it to the finish line", she said in an interview after her victory.

Desiree Linden fought through the elements to become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years.

"I love this city, this race, this course", Linden said in a TV interview. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers, one of seven Americans in the top 10, but the slowest time for a women's victor since 1978. She finished second (2:22.38) in 2011, just 2 seconds behind Caroline Kilel in Boston's closest women's race.

Desiree Linden celebrates after winning the women's division of the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday.

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