After saying 'it's your turn,' Shalane Flanagan celebrates Desiree Linden's win

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

The drought is over for American women at the Boston Marathon. That's the slowest time for a women's victor since 1978, the AP reports.

'For me, it's the best conditions possible, ' Kawauchi said through an interpreter and with a wide smile. Linden almost ended the drought in 2011 when she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds. In an interview after the race, Linden said she wasn't feeling well, considered dropping out mid-race and chose to instead try to help Flanagan, a MA native who was vying for a Boston title. 'I'm just very glad that I made it'. "Helping her helped me".

It might not have been the dream finish that Shalane Flanagan foresaw for herself, but it ended up being one that she predicted for her friend.

"Honestly at mile 2, 3, 4 I didn't feel like I was gonna even make it to the finish line", she said in an interview after her victory. Desiree "Desi" Linden, 34, became the first American woman to win the women's race since Lisa Larsen Weidenback did so in 1985 after pulling away from a competitive field and battling unusually cold, wet and windy conditions.

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

"I love this city, I love this race, I love this course", Linden told NBC.

Desiree Linden, a two-time Olympian and runner up in the 2011 Boston Marathon, finished the 42-kilometer race in two hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds - a full four minutes faster than the second-place runner.

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

The rest of the Top 10 was dominated by American women, as Rachel Hyland (2:44:29) ranked fourth, Nicole Demercurio (2:45:52) finished fifth in the women's race, Kimi Reed (2:46:47) came in seventh, and Joanna Thompson (2:48:31) was the 10th to cross the 2018 Boston Marathon finish line.

US athletes fared equally well in the men's race, notes the Washington Post. He finished the marathon in 2:15:58, winning the country's first Boston Marathon since 1987.