American woman wins Boston Marathon

Ruben Hill
April 17, 2018

Recalling the conditions as "brutal" and her freezing hands, Linden told reporters she felt the weather took speed away from others, meaning she could settle in and focus on winning the race. Finishing with a time of 2:39:54, the California native caught then-leader of the women's race, Ethiopian Mamitu Daska in the race's second half, then left Daska and the rest of the the field in her dust over the marathon's final five miles. While he is a seasoned runner with more than 80 marathon finishes in his career, Monday's time in Boston adds to his record number of 2:20-and-under marathon finishes.

"It was definitely toughest conditions, on the cold side, that I've run in", Desiree said, via MassLive.

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. But when she slid into third or fourth place while running, she realized dropping out wasn't a good idea.

In 2011, Linden finished second at Boston by just two seconds.

To her surprise, she went on to rank first in the women's race, becoming 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. At mile 7, while in the lead pack, Linden could be seen conversing with Flanagan.

Before Linden, the last American woman to win the Boston Marathon was Lisa Rainsberger in 1985.

"It's storybook", the victor of the 2018 Boston Marathon added. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers - one of seven Americans in the top 10 - but the slowest time for a women's victor in Boston since 1978. In fact, she won by 4 minutes and 10 seconds.

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