Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Desiree Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st USA woman since 1985

Shannon Reynolds | 16 April, 2018, 23:42

Linden, 34, won with a time more than 14 minutes slower than her previous two races, but course conditions were not conducive to personal- or course-record performances.

"It's supposed to be hard", Linden told reporters after her victory, shivering with a laurel wreath atop her head. In fact, she won by 4 minutes and 10 seconds. "It's storybook, so I'm thrilled to be here and to get it done".

"I'm trying to have my best Boston race ever", Flanagan said in a statement.

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. She also was second at the US Olympic Marathon trials in 2012 and 2016.

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Shalane Flanagan was determined to give it all at the Boston Marathon that took place today (April 16), and she did just that.

Linden saw Flanagan making an emergency break (the athlete darted into a portable toilet) and made a decision to slow down and make sure her friend and competitor was alright. "I told her [Flanagan] in the race, I said if there's anything I can do to help you out, let me know because I might just drop out". Linden finished fourth in the Boston Marathon a year ago. "Helping her helped me and kind of got my legs back from there".

It was a nasty day to run 26.2 miles through Boston. 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. Canadian athlete Krista Duchene finished third, at 2:44:20.

Before Linden, the last American woman to win the Boston Marathon was Lisa Rainsberger in 1985. The last American man to win Boston was Meb Keflezighi, in 2014.

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