Michigan's Desiree Linden wins 2018 Boston Marathon

Michigan's Desiree Linden wins 2018 Boston Marathon

Linden showed her teamwork by slowing halfway through the race to help Flanagan back into the lead pack when Flanagan took a restroom break.

Seven of the top 10 female finishers were American.

The former Arizona State distance runner won the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:39.54.

"For me, it's the best conditions possible [today]", Kawauchi said through a translator, who added that Kawauchi was on the verge of blacking out and needed to get to the medical tent.

Linden clocked an unofficial 2:39:53. She made her marathon debut in Boston in 2007.

It was Heartbreak Hill just after 20 miles where Daska's reign would end.

Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years, finishing with a time of 2:33:41 Monday - ten minutes slower than her personal-best 2:22:38, which she set at the 2011 Boston Marathon. Chesir and Linden, seeing Daska's weakness, surged ahead to close the gap. Linden passed Daska at the cemetery and slipped by Chesir and began her long lonely run to Copley Square.

Push through disappointment. Linden came thisclose to winning the 2011 Boston Marathon, claiming second place just two seconds behind victor Caroline Kilel from Kenya at her personal best time of 2:22:38, which was then the fastest time ever run by an American woman in Boston.

"I don't have the right words", Linden said immediately after the race on the television broadcast.

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

Linden is the 16th American woman to win the marathon, though the race has been dominated by other nations in recent years. "It's supposed to be hard". Flanagan, who won the New York Marathon in 2017, placed sixth in Monday's Boston Marathon.

The 34-year-old Chula Vista, California native is a five-time Boston Marathon competitor and two-time Olympian.

Considering both Flanagan and Linden were on the short list of American's expected to contend for the Boston Marathon title, Linden's choice to hang back seemed like a risky move.

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