Boston marathon winner's incredible act of sportsmanship

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"This is Boston. This is the greatest race in the world".

"So it's a reverse psychology for sure, because this is home".

The brutal conditions caused this to be the slowest women's race since 1978.

Making, the selfless act even more impressive, Linden had lost the 2011 race by just two seconds.

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. I told her [Flanagan] I said let me understand since I might lose out, when there's anything I can do to assist you.

The 34-year-old runner not only stopped to wait for her friend but also helped Flanagan catch the lead pack, states USA Today. Nearly an hour into the race, fellow American runner Shalane Flanagan took a quick detour to use one of the restrooms set up just off the course.

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

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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.

US to day's Roxanna Scott noted Linden and Flanagan are friends and that Linden wasn't confident of even finishing the 26.2 miles.

Linden, 34, who lives in MI, finished second in Boston back in 2011. American Sarah Sellers was a distant second in 2:44:04 with Canada's Krista Duchene third, another 16 seconds adrift.

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

Meanwhile, Yuki Kawauchi became the first Japanese man in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon on Monday with his fourth marathon triumph of the year.

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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