Boston Marathon: American Woman Wins For First Time Since '85

2018 Boston Marathon: Desiree Linden, who almost dropped out before winning race, calls victory 'storybook stuff'

The U.S. athlete was hoping to finally "make peace" with the Boston Marathon, which she was forced to forfeit previous year due to a bone fracture in her lower back.

It was a nasty day to run 26.2 miles through Boston.

The last American woman who won the Boston Marathon was Lisa Larsen Weidenbach.

"I nearly feel like I have to pretend like I don't want to win it in order to do well", she said. "And these are the people that I want to make the most proud", Flanagan added. That's when Flanagan nudged her for the bathroom and the two headed off. The U.S. elite runner finished the marathon in 2:46:31, the Washington Post reports.

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.

According to USA Today, the 34-year-old athlete from MI displayed incredible sportsmanship before claiming her title by actually stopping to wait for Flanagan a couple of miles into the race. At mile 7, while in the lead pack, Linden could be seen conversing with Flanagan. Linden, a California native who lives in MI, almost ended the drought in 2011 when she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds during yet another Kenyan sweep. It's also the first marathon win of the 34-year-old's career.

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As for herself, Flanagan was reportedly unsure she would even finish the Boston Marathon.

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

Despite the torrential downpour, the Boston Marathon went on as planned this morning and for the first time since 1985, an American woman won the race.

"I love this city", Linden said to NBC Sports. He's Japan's first Boston Marathon victor since 1987.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland notched his fifth win in the men's wheelchair division, while American woman Tatyana McFadden also won her fifth title. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers, one of seven Americans in the top 10, but the slowest time for a women's victor since 1978. Rachel Hyland finished fourth and Jessica Chichester finished in fifth place. Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line 2:25 later, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other US men. The last American man to win Boston was Meb Keflezighi, in 2014.

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