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

Desiree Linden

The drought is over for American women at the Boston Marathon.

The Arizona State Sun Devils said it best: Chills.

Even with the short delay, Linden was able to get back on track, and wound up completing the course four minute faster than her nearest competitor. Today's competition marked her fourth entry in the Boston race and the most anticipated one in her professional career.

Rather than racing on with the group, Linden chose to hang back with Flanagan and help her make up the lost time and rejoin the main pack.

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

Michigan's Desiree Linden won the 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday, becoming the first American woman to do so since 1985.

Linden's victory answered months of speculation as to whether a USA woman could win due to a talented American field in this year's race.

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"When you work together, you never know what's going to happen", Linden told NBC Sports.

"It's storybook", the victor of the 2018 Boston Marathon added.

Although her winning time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds was the slowest winning time since 1978, Linden had to beat out the field in very tough conditions that included cold temperatures and heavy rain throughout. Having come in second place in 2011, just two seconds behind victor Caroline Kilel, taking home the top prize in 2018 came with an extra bit of relief.

Canadian Krista Duchene finished in third place and was the only non-American runner to place in the top five.

US athletes fared equally well in the men's race, notes the Washington Post.

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.

At the end of the day, American men managed to snatch six of the Top 10 positions, with Andrew Bumbalough (2:19:52) coming in fifth, Scott Smith (2:21:47) finishing sixth, Elkanah Kibet (2:23:37) ranking eighth, and Daniel Vassallo (2:27:50) finishing last in the Top 10.

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