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Michigan's Desiree Linden wins 2018 Boston Marathon

18 April 2018

Desiree Linden, 34, won the Boston Marathon on Monday, becoming the first American woman to cross the finish line first since 1985.

The temperature was in the mid-30s, with wind gusts up to 32 miles per hour.

The 85-year-old from Santa Cruz, California, became the oldest woman to ever complete the 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Boston. Linden actually waited for Flanagan, then helped her get back into the lead pack.

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.

"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 going to happen".

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The last American woman to win the Boston Marathon was Lisa Larsen Weidenbach.

On Tuesday, she said her legs were dead but the rest of her is soaring.

“For me, its the best conditions possible, ” said Kawauchi, who competed in 12 marathons previous year — six times the usual number for an elite runner — and also works as a school administrator.

"Probably 2011 is what put the fear in me", Linden said. And Kawauchi, the iron man of the roads who ran 12 marathons a year ago and won five, kept grinding away. Halfway through, she was back with the lead group. "I passed other women and was unsure of who was in front of me and who was dropping out".

This is the most unbelievable Boston in years!

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That runner-up was Sarah Sellers, a nurse anesthetist from Arizona who trains before and after work and has no pro sponsorships. She said didnt believe it when she was told she had finished second, or that she earned $75,000.

"Yeah, I'm in shock about that", she said. It was the second competitive marathon for Sellers, who was a distance runner at Weber State.

The East Africans who have dominated the professional era of the race had their worst performance in decades: Kirui was the only Kenyan in the top 10 among the men.

Coming down out of Wellesley, Linden found herself in third alongside defending champion Edna Kiplagat and Huddle.

Canada's Krista Duchene was third, with a total of seven Americans in the women's top 10 and - for the second straight year - six in the men's.

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"Even on a day like today where it's pretty miserable out", she added, "people show up and they embrace the race".

Michigan's Desiree Linden wins 2018 Boston Marathon