Boston Marathon victor Desiree Linden slowed down for rival's bathroom stop

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

When fellow American distance running star Shalane Flanagan made a port-a-potty stop an hour and 13 minutes into the race, Linden continued to go forward but also slowed down in order to help Flanagan rejoin the pack upon her return to the course.

Seven of the top 10 female finishers were American.

Further underscoring the strength of the American women's field in marathon racing today was Sara Sellers, a former track standout at Weber State University in Utah, ran a stellar Boston debut with a time of 2:44:05 to take second place.

"For me, these are the best conditions possible", Kawauchi said after the race. She finished second (2:222.38) in 2011, just two seconds behind Caroline Kilel. "It's storybook. So, I'm thrilled to be here and get it done".

She won silver medals in the 2010 Chicago Marathon and 2011 Boston Marathon.

By Mile 17, Chesir and Linden dropped Kiplagat and held steady in their quest to cut into Daska's 20-second lead.

An American woman hadn't won the Boston Marathon in the professional era but that all changed at the 122nd Boston Marathon as Linden came from behind to win the race in 2:39:54 and become the first American women's champ since 1985. Chesir and Linden, seeing Daska's weakness, surged ahead to close the gap.

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.

In a matter of moments just before 35K, Chesir passed a now visibly worn out Daska but was nearly immediately surpassed by a surging Linden.

Des Linden wraps herself in the American flag after winning the Boston Marathon women's division on a chilly Monday.

Kawauchi, 31, appeared stunned and emotional at the finish line.

"I don't have the right words", Linden said immediately after the race on the television broadcast. That's the slowest time for a women's victor since 1978, the AP reports.

Linden - born Desiree Dávila in Chula Vista - ran for the US marathon team at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic marathons.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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