ASU alumna Desiree Linden wins wet, windy Boston Marathon for USA

ASU alumna Desiree Linden wins wet, windy Boston Marathon for USA

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.

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

She clearly had more than enough motivation on this rainy Monday in Boston.

An American woman has won the women's title at the Boston Marathon for the first time since 1985.

The two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill to finish in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. "I'm thrilled. It's supposed to be hard".

Actions and behaviors show people who you are.

Lisa Larsen Weidenbach's 1985 victory was the last for an American woman - before the race began offering prize money that lured the top global competitors to the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.

"I nearly feel like I have to pretend like I don't want to win it in order to do well", she said.

"I don't have the right words", Linden told reporters. Fellow American Sarah Sellers crossed the finish line in second place. According to the Detroit Free Press, two runners both live in the midwestern state, and Liden lives in Washington, Mich., just on the outside of metro Detroit.

Shalane Flanagan was determined to give it all at the Boston Marathon that took place today (April 16), and she did just that.

Kawauchi also ended a long drought for Japan. Canadian athlete Krista Duchene finished third, at 2:44:20.

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.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the amount of time by which Desiree Linden lost the 2011 Boston Marathon.

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