Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Boston Marathon: American Woman Wins For First Time Since '85

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.

When Flanagan darted into a port-a-potty on the sidelines less than halfway into the race, Linden was already feeling like she might not even finish and was ready to help her friend win in any way she could. Her finishing time was 2:39:54.

"For me, these are the best conditions possible", he told the AP. It's also the first marathon win of the 34-year-old's career. At mile 7, while in the lead pack, Linden could be seen conversing with Flanagan. She finished second in 2011.

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"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. But American Desiree Linden pushed her way through a powerful headwind, cold rain and up Heartbreak Hill to triumph at the Boston Marathon - the first time a USA woman has won in 33 years.

When the national anthem played after she won, Linden said she mentally replayed the scenario when she was just six miles in. American Tatyana McFadden, won the women's wheelchair race for the fifth time, wore two jackets, with a layer of plastic between them and hand warmers against her chest. The last time the United States boasted such an impressive feat was in 1985 when Lisa Larsen Weidenbach was the victor of the Boston race. Rachel Hyland finished fourth and Jessica Chichester finished in fifth place. Although the marathon was won by Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi (2:10:46), Americans Shadrack Biwott (2:18:35) and Tyler Pennel (2:19:52) ranked in third and fourth, respectively. The last American man to win Boston was Meb Keflezighi, in 2014.

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