Desi Linden Is First American Woman To Win Boston Marathon In 33 years

Desiree Linden of the US celebrates after crossing the finish line as the winner of the 2018 and 122nd Boston Marathon for Elite Women's race with a time of 2:39:5.in Boston, Massachusetts. Her personal best finish was previously second place in the Boston Marathon in 2011 with a time of 2:22:38. / AFP PHOTO / RYAN MCBRIDE (Photo credit should read RYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON — Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to a Boston Marathon victory on Monday, the first American woman to win the race since 1985. Des, 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. 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 winner since 1978.

“I’m thrilled. I’m exhausted. I left it all out there. Now I’m ready to warm up,” Linden told CBS Boston.  “It hurts right now, but it’s a perfect day for me. This is a grinder’s day. That’s why I keep showing up here, and I think that’s why I have success here is because I can kind of tough it out through anything.

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