Michigan's Desiree Linden wins 2018 Boston Marathon

Angelo Anderson
April 17, 2018

"It's storybook", Linden told NBC Sports of her win. Linden, a two-time Olympian, came out on top Monday when she pulled away from the chase pack and took the lead from Ethiopian runner Mamitu Daska toward the end of the race. She navigated the Boston asphalt in 2:39:54. 'I'm just very glad that I made it'.

"So it's a reverse psychology for sure, because this is home".

Flanagan, despite the conditions, still managed a top-10 finish herself (ending up seventh in the women's race).

According to USA Today, the 34-year-old athlete from MI displayed incredible sportsmanship before claiming her title by actually stopping to wait for Flanagan a couple of miles into the race.

The 34-year-old runner not only stopped to wait for her friend but also helped Flanagan catch the lead pack, states USA Today. In an interview after the race, Linden said she wasn't feeling well, considered dropping out mid-race and chose to instead try to help Flanagan, a MA native who was vying for a Boston title.

Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to a Boston Marathon victory on Monday, the first American woman to win the race since 1985.

Desiree Linden fought through the elements to become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years.

"I love this city, this race, this course", Linden said in a TV interview.

"It's storybook", the victor of the 2018 Boston Marathon added. Having come in second place in 2011, just two seconds behind victor Caroline Kilel, taking home the top prize in 2018 came with an extra bit of relief.

Yuki Kawauchi passed defending champion Geoffrey Kirui in Kenmore Square to win the men's race in an unofficial 2:15:58 and earn Japan's first Boston Marathon title since 1987. Rachel Hyland finished fourth and Jessica Chichester finished in fifth place.

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