Boston Marathon: Japanese man and American woman win elite divisions

Kristopher Nichols
April 17, 2018

"I'm thrilled", Linden said on the TV broadcast immediately after the race.

"At six miles I was thinking, 'No way, this is not my day, '" she said. "She sent me a text saying she won the hypothermia bowl today", he added, laughing.

The biggest story of the Boston Marathon was Desiree Linden, who broke the race's 32-year drought on us winners for women.

Kawauchi overtook defending champion Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya over the final two kilometers in heavy rain to win in 2hrs 10min 46sec with runner-up Kirui 19 seconds back and American Shadrack Biwott third in 2:12:19.

Canadian Reid Coolsaet had a strong finish, placing ninth overall in 2:25:02. Every day I make the choice to show up and see what I've got, and to try and be better.

She finished in the slowest time for a women's victor since 1978.

"She just seemed like she was going to be the sacrificial lamb, doing whatever she could to help ... then I just saw her keep going".

"I couldn't be happier for Desi", said Rainsberger, a longtime coach in Colorado Springs whose daughter, Katie, was a 10-time Colorado state champion for Air Academy and is now a sophomore at track powerhouse Oregon. The wet roads made it treacherous to turn and impossible to stop.

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"She said, 'Bring on the weather". "You can't put your brakes on right away, so you had to be tedious on the turns".

Desiree Linden, who made history in the Boston Marathon on Monday, was so unsure of her pace almost halfway through, she cost herself crucial seconds by waiting for a friend. "Nothing else could have saved me", said Stallis. "That sprint battle is not super fun".

"I am going to get some down time", said Hyland, who teaches Spanish at Phillips.

Front-running was one of "several scenarios" Kawauchi said he considered before the race.

Ahead of her Boston Marathon win, Linden touted her "experience," saying she thought she's "run the most marathons" compared to other competitors. Later, she helped Molly Huddle reconnect with the group.

Blake also said that Sellers has been waking up at 4 a.m.so she could do practice runs before work. Both women were struggling to fight through the weather, and Flanagan chose to jolt off course into a port-a-potty - only to return to the pack about 14 seconds later, with Linden by her side.

"There were age-group division runners who finished in the top 10, and the winning time was nearly 2:40". Flanagan won the New York City Marathon previous year, becoming the first American woman to win it since 1977.

Flanagan, who grew up watching the race, placed seventh. "We register people as they specify themselves to be", Tom Grilk, who heads up the Boston Athletic Association, told the Associated Press.

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