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

Annette Crawford
April 16, 2018

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.

On the fifth anniversary of the finish line explosions that killed three and wounded hundreds more, Linden and Kawauchi led a field of 30,000 runners through a drenching rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and gusts of up to 32 miles per hour on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton. Her finishing time was 2:39:54.

"It was definitely toughest conditions, on the cold side, that I've run in", she added.

Desiree Linden (left) and Yuki Kawauchi (right) won women's and men's divisions at the 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday. The U.S. elite runner finished the marathon in 2:46:31, the Washington Post reports. At mile 7, while in the lead pack, Linden could be seen conversing with Flanagan.

Desiree Linden, the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985, nearly dropped out as the wind and rain lashed runners on the 26.2-mile course. Linden finished fourth in the Boston Marathon past year.

"I love this city", Linden said to NBC Sports.

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. He's Japan's first Boston Marathon victor since 1987.

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. Rachel Hyland finished fourth and Jessica Chichester finished in fifth place. American Shadrack Biwott was third. The last American man to win Boston was Meb Keflezighi, in 2014.

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