This Year's Boston Marathon Was Sloooooowww

Roundup: Arizona State track & field alum Des Linden wins Boston Marathon

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.

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.

Desiree Linden has made history at a wet and windy Boston Marathon, becoming the first American to claim the women's event in over 30 years - and having done so after waiting for a friend who stopped to answer a call of nature.

Per Nicole Yang of this Boston Globe, Flanagan ceased more than a hour in to the race. This year, the 36-year-old athlete competed for her last time in the city's biggest race, the Boston Herald reported on April 15, and was aspiring to end her elite runner career with a bang.

Or, more simply, she had to take a bathroom break.

Flanagan was even quoted to have said she wanted to win the 2018 Boston marathon "so badly" that she had to resort to reverse psychology in order to maintain focus.

"It's storybook", Linden told NBC Sports of her win.


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.

'For me, it's the best conditions possible, ' Kawauchi said through an interpreter and with a wide smile.

Shalane Flanagan's detour to the port-a-potty.

No US woman had won the Boston crown since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach 33 years ago, but Linden did it in the sixth Boston start of her 16 marathons.

The race was undoubtedly one that Linden will never forget. 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. 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.

Although Canadian Krista Duchene finished third in 2:44:20, American women took seven of the top eight slots in the race, according to the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the marathon.

Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi won the men's title Monday, winning his fourth marathon this year and earning Japan's first Boston Marathon win since 1987.

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