Thursday, 19 April, 2018


Desiree Linden 1st American Woman to Win Boston Marathon Since 1985

Michigan's Desi Linden wins Boston Marathon Boston Marathon champion Desiree Linden waited for fellow-runner's bathroom break during the race
Hannah Rogers | 17 April, 2018, 05:21

The drought is over for American women at the Boston Marathon. 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.

"I'm trying to have my best Boston race ever", Flanagan said in a statement. In fact, she won by 4 minutes and 10 seconds.

On Monday in Boston, it was indeed Linden's turn.

"I just feel like it's the time", the Bostonian said days before the race. In an interview after the race, Linden said she wasn't feeling well, considered dropping out mid-race and chose to instead try to help Flanagan, a MA native who was vying for a Boston title. "Helping her helped me".

To her surprise, she went on to rank first in the women's race, becoming the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years.

Despite her early-race doubts - and even slowing down to wait for a fellow American runner that stopped to use the restroom - Linden was able to find her groove and clinch her first major marathon championship.

The two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill and ran alone through Brookline to finish in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. 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.

"I love this city, I love this race, I love this course", Linden told NBC.

Canadian Krista Duchene finished in third place and was the only non-American runner to place in the top five. Rachel Hyland finished fourth and Jessica Chichester finished in fifth place.

USA athletes fared equally well in the men's race, notes the Washington Post.

History was also made this year on the men's side when Yuki Kawauchi became the first Japanese man to win the race since Toshihiko Seko won in 1987.

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