Desiree Linden Makes Epic Comeback at the 2018 Boston Marathon

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26.2 miles. These brutal conditions did not stop Desiree Linden, who became the first American woman to win the Boston  Marathon since 1985, breaking away from the pack.

Linden, a 34-year-old Californian, overcame the heartbreak of 2011, when she finished second in the marathon by two seconds, and won in an unofficial time of 2:39:54. Linden, a veteran long-distance runner who competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, finished ahead of American Sarah Sellers and, along the way, helped fellow American Shalane Flanagan get back in the race after a rest-stop detour delayed her.

Linden’s victory answered months of speculation as to whether a U.S. woman could win thanks to a talented American field in this year’s race. Professional distance runners Molly Huddle and Shalane Flanagan joined Linden in the women’s race. In November 2017, Flanagan won the New York City Marathon — similarly becoming the first American woman to do so since 1977.

“At Mile 2, 3, 4 I didn’t feel like I was gonna even make it to the finish line,” Linden said after the race. “I told [Flanagan] during the race ‘if there’s anything I can do to help you out let me know because I might just drop out.’ When you work together you never know what’s gonna happen. Helping her helped me and I kind of got my legs back from there.”

In the men’s race, Yuki Kawauchi of Japan rode a late surge to the gold medal. He had an unofficial time of 2:15:58. Kawauchi is the first Japanese man to win Boston since 1987.

As for the winner, Kawauchi was humble after the race, thanking the Boston crowd despite its thinness. “It’s the best crowd support I’ve ever had anywhere in the world. Thank you Boston,” he said, via CBS. Kawauchi also opted against having a sponsor, since he wanted to keep working as an administrator in a high school’s office. The win will bring him a certain degree of fame, but something tells me staying grounded won’t be an issue for him.

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