Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Michigan's Desiree Linden wins 2018 Boston Marathon

Michigan's Desiree Linden wins 2018 Boston Marathon

A nasty headwind? A chilly rain?

"Just keep running", Beiers said at the time. "A lot of guys have been talking about it, trying to be the tough guy and say, 'Oh, I'm not anxious about it, I will just have to deal with it.' But you know, we will find out how many people are still intact after 30K".

The two-time U.S. Olympian, who trains in MI, finished in an unofficial time of 2:39:54 in a heavy rain. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers but the slowest time for a womens victor in Boston since 1978. Kimi Reed, from Springfield, Mo., finished eighth. Flanagan, one of the favorites among the Americans, came in seventh with an unofficial time of 2:46.31.

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

A Chula Visa, California, native, Linden loves Boston so much she named named her dog after the city. "This is a grinder's day".

Kawauchi, the first Japanese victor here since Toshihiko Seko in 1987, came from more than a minute behind to catch the flagging Kirui at Kenmore Square and went on to win by almost 2½ minutes.

In the men's race, Yuki Kawauchi of Japan won his first Boston Marathon in 2:15:54.

It marked the five-year anniversary of explosions at the finish line that killed three people and injured hundreds more.

Linden told that she likes to bide her time until around the 30K mark for the marathon, then make a move.

Sportsmanship among the Americans was on full display during the race, particularly when Linden held back toward the beginning of the race to help Flanagan catch up to the pack after stopping at a port-a-potty.

"It was just tough, it was so freezing", Hug said through chattering teeth as a volunteer draped a second towel around his shoulders. "I was just lucky to get it done".

"Honestly I felt miserable, but sometimes when you pick it up and forget about how you're feeling and just engage for a little bit you can turn everything around", she said. "You can't put your brakes on right away, so you had to be tedious on the turns". I couldnt even see because the wind was so strong.”.

It was the slowest winning time since 1976, but Kawauchi beat a field that included the last three Boston winners, plus Olympic marathon bronze medalist Galen Rupp.

So, when Flanagan made an unexpected pit stop - heading into a roadside portable toilet - after around an hour of racing, Linden slowed down to wait for her friend.

That meant that runners were coping with a different kind of misery this year, after last year's 80-degree temperatures.

“Probably 2011 is what put the fear in me, ” Linden said. "That sprint battle is not super fun". It was nice to get it right down Boylston this time, thats for sure.”.

Linden lives and trains in MI with Hansons-Brooks running team. Later, she helped Molly Huddle reconnect with the group. "I passed other women and was unsure of who was in front of me and who was dropping out".

That runner-up was Sarah Sellers, a nurse anesthetist from Arizona who trains before and after work and has no pro sponsorships.

"It's storybook", Linden told NBC Sports of her win.

"Yeah, I'm in shock about that", she said. Flanagan finished sixth as seven American women finished in the top 10.

“Some of the women I was passing, I was in complete disbelief, ” Sellers said.

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