Desi Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st US woman since '85

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

She finished second in 2011 with her personal best time of 2:22:28 and took fourth place a year ago.

Flanagan finished sixth, one of six American women finishing in the top eight.

"For me, it's the best conditions possible", Kawauchi said with a wide smile through an interpreter. She finished second (2:222.38) in 2011, just two seconds behind Caroline Kilel.

"I'm thrilled. I'm exhausted".

But the half marathon mark is where Daska chose to make her move; she split 1:19:41 and within the next mile, put a 14-second gap on the field. Before the hill, Daska led Chesir by 17 seconds; Linden was another eight seconds behind Chesir.

Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years while Japan's Yuki Kawauchi won the men's title on Monday. She raised her arms in victory as she crossed the finish line, elated, in 2:39:54.

In a matter of moments just before 35K, Chesir passed a now visibly tired Daska but was nearly immediately surpassed by a surging Linden.

"I don't have the right words", Linden said immediately after the race on the television broadcast.

Lisa Larsen Weidenbach - mother of current Duck sophomore standout Katie Rainsberger - whose victory in 1985 was the last for an American woman, won her title before the race began offering prize money that lured the top global competitors to the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. "It's supposed to be hard".

Other top American women were Rachel Hyland in fourth place with 2:44:29, Nicole Dimercurio in fifth with 2:45:52, Flanagan in sixth with 2:46:31, Kimi Reed in seventh with 2:46:57, and Joanna Thompson in tenth with 2:48:31.

Before she won the marathon, Linden garnered praise online for appearing to slow down to wait for fellow American Shalane Flanagan as she pulled off the course for a pit stop.

Considering both Flanagan and Linden were on the short list of American's expected to contend for the Boston Marathon title, Linden's choice to hang back seemed like a risky move.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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