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Desiree Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st U.S. woman since 1985

16 April, 2018, 23:40 | Author: Heidi Alvarez

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. 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.

Today's win will surely make Linden forget about her disappointment in the 2011 Boston Marathon when she missed the grand title by just two seconds. "It's storybook. So, I'm thrilled to be here and get it done".

"For me, these are the best conditions possible", he told the AP. Linden finished fourth in the Boston Marathon past year. She also was second at the US Olympic Marathon trials in 2012 and 2016.

Earlier in the race, Linden temporarily took herself out of contention to help fellow American Shalane Flanagan, who won the New York City Marathon in November - the first American woman to take that honor in 40 years. At mile 7, while in the lead pack, Linden could be seen conversing with Flanagan. "When you work together, you never know what's going to happen", Linden said of her pit stop with Flanagan, which ended up motivating her to get back into the race. She navigated the Boston asphalt in 2:39:54.

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Linden took the lead around the 2-hour, 12-minute mark, passing Gladys Chesir of Kenya and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia. 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 in Boston since 1978.

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. Canadian athlete Krista Duchene finished third, at 2:44:20.

The last Japanese man to win the famous race was Toshihiko Seko in 1987.

At the end of the day, American men managed to snatch six of the Top 10 positions, with Andrew Bumbalough (2:19:52) coming in fifth, Scott Smith (2:21:47) finishing sixth, Elkanah Kibet (2:23:37) ranking eighth, and Daniel Vassallo (2:27:50) finishing last in the Top 10.

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