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21 April, 2018, 14:07 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Michigan's Desiree Linden wins 2018 Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon victor Desiree Linden said the moment she slowed down to wait for a fellow USA runner was actually a "turning point" for her in the race - and actually prevented her from dropping out of the grueling race. My hands were freezing.

Yes, it's wonderful that an American woman won, but Boston prides itself on being an global city that hosts a world-class race. "I knew she was in good shape because her workouts were going so well", Pilkington said in a statement. "Then you break the tape and you're like, 'This is not what I expected today'".

Linden is a resident of Washington Township, Michigan but trains with the Rochester Hills-based Hansons-Brooks Distance Project.

Kawauchi overtook defending champion Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya over the final 2km to win in 2hr 15min 58sec with Kirui finishing in 2:18:23 and American Shadrack Biwott 12sec further back in third.

In just 2 hours and 44 minutes, Sarah crossed the finish line and claimed second place in the Boston Marathon.

This year's men's race was won by Japan's Yuki Kawauchi, with a time of 2:15:58.

"For me, it's the best conditions possible", Kawauchi said through an interpreter and with a wide smile.

Runners donned hats and extra layers, and the lead packs tried to draft off the media truck to avoid the rain that was hitting them horizontally at times. "I thought you can't get two chances to do this, it just doesn't happen". The wet roads made it treacherous to turn and impossible to stop.


She's the pride of Michigan's running community, and today she's basking in the glow of being the first USA woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Linden almost ended the drought in 2011 when she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds.

But a broken bone in her foot saw her hang up her shoes for a full year and by the time she was fine to pound the pavement, her priority was completing medical school.

"Probably 2011 is what put the fear in me", Linden said. "It was nice to get it right down Boylston this time, that's for sure". She is originally from Chula Vista, Calif. Not when she was a standout runner at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where she grew up. Later, she helped Molly Huddle reconnect with the group. "No one thought that I could win".

"I woke up exhausted like I had run a marathon but also just thrilled like I won a marathon", Linden said Tuesday.

"Yeah, I'm in shock about that", she said.

"If you're a marathoner everyone always asks you, 'have you run Boston?' So in Sarah's case now she can say 'yes, oh and by the way, I was second", Pilkington said.

It was a big day for American women, who claimed seven of the top eight spots in the race. So considering how bad they were, I was actually very pleasantly surprised at how well I did.

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