Linden Wins First Boston Marathon

Annette Crawford
April 17, 2018

The race was ultimately won by Desi Linden, with an unofficial time of 2:39:54 - more than 10 minutes off her personal record, notes Time Magazine.

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

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 U.S. athlete was hoping to finally "make peace" with the Boston Marathon, which she was forced to forfeit previous year due to a bone fracture in her lower back.

Shalane Flanagan's detour to the port-a-potty.

Unfortunately, things didn't pan out the way she had hoped, as Flanagan managed to only come in sixth in the women's race.

"(I thought) Well I should probably help Molly reconnect to (the leaders).

Desiree Linden made the best of bad conditions on Monday to become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. Flanagan teamed up with Linden, who waited for Flanagan during her "break", and joined the back of the pack just as Daska made her decisive early surge.

Flanagan was even quoted to have said she wanted to win the 2018 Boston marathon "so badly" that she had to resort to reverse psychology in order to maintain focus. It was comical how slow you were going, and how far you still had to go, ” Linden said. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers, but the slowest time for a women's victor in Boston since 1978. "I'm thrilled to be here and get it done". American Sarah Sellers was second (2:44.04) and Olympian Shalane Flanagan (2:46.31) of Marblehead was seventh. “Im just very glad that I made it.”. "Being in that sprint battle is not fun and to get it done well ahead was nice but I was working Boylston as hard as I could".

"I definitely would have slowed down (if I knew I had a big lead)".

Kawauchi also was focused on the finish saying afterwards he wasn't sure he was leading until he was directed to the right where the finishing tape was.

The eventual marathon victor slowed the pace right down, losing a couple of hundred metres, to rejoin her good friend, before encouraging and supporting her push to get back to the lead pack. Kawauchi had won a marathon New Year's Eve in MA in 1 degree temps (-13C) and Linden had run a 10k in miserable weather in Japan.

The elite US runner came in sixth in the 2018 Boston Marathon and was helped along the way by the big victor of the race, Desi Linden.

"I just feel like it's the time", the Bostonian said days before the race.

"Yeah, I'm in shock about that", she said. "I couldn't even see because the wind was so strong".

Even with the short delay, Linden was able to get back on track, and wound up completing the course four minute faster than her nearest competitor.

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