Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st U.S. woman since '85

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

However, despite the rain and blustery winds, the 122nd Boston Marathon delivered with Desi Linden becoming the first American woman to win in 33 years and Japanese working class hero Yuki Kawauchi taking the men's crown.

Depsite being the first American woman to take out the historic marathon since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach in 1985, Linden's winning time was the slowest in 40 years.

The two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill to win in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds.

And Krista DuChene produced one of the great runs by a Canadian in Boston, getting on the podium with an astonishing third place finish.

Linden was tabbed as an early favorite to break the drought for American women, but told Flanagan she was considering dropping out of the race at the time. Thinking about friends who were unable to run the Marathon helped Stickney push through those hard miles.

Linden was running alongside 2017 New York City Marathon victor Shalane Flanagan, the pair helping pace one another.

Yuki Kawauchi splashed through the pelting rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and wind that gusted as high as 32 miles per hour to win the mens race, passing defending champion Geoffrey Kirui in Kenmore Square to earn Japans first Boston title since 1987 and the $150,000 first prize.

It was a big day for American women, who claimed seven of the top eight spots in the race. "Don't let the urgent get in the way of the important because you never know when a bomb is going to blow". It was the first time two Americans have finished first and second in Boston since 1979. The 31-year-old, nicknamed the "Citizen Runner", works full-time as an administrator in a high school while running more than 70 sub-2:20 marathons, including a 2:08 PR. "After near misses and so many days working toward this, I feel proud and overjoyed". I'm a physician. It honestly terrified me, and this is the first time I've said that out loud (laughter).

Sarah Sellers, formerly of Weber State University, finished second on the Boston Marathon. He is the first Japanese victor since Toshihiko Seko in 1987. He says he runs so many marathons mostly as a training device, with so few races in his native Kuki, Saitama, Japan.

Linden broke out of the pack and left the field behind in the final five miles of the race, reported SBNation.com. She said that 'I'm OK with the bad weather. "It's storybook", she told NBC after winning.

"I can't even think right now, I'm just so happy for her". "I have the utmost respect for who they are as athletes and as people".

"Docs took good care of her (along with literally thousands of others), and she's going to be okay", he said.