• Desiree Linden Is First American to Win Boston Marathon Since 1985

    BOSTON — Boston Marathon runners on Monday faced teeming rain and the coldest temperatures in 30 years. When the race began, the temperature hovered at 38 degrees, and a 10 mile an hour or more headwind blew in runners’ faces.

    But the conditions did not stop Desiree Linden from becoming the first American woman to win the race in 33 years. At 34, it was her first major marathon win.

    Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia had bravely raced away from the lead women’s pack before the halfway mark and led by as much as 30 seconds, running alone in the rain and wind. But Linden and Gladys Chesir of Kenya gradually wore her down, and Linden won in 2:39:53.

    Lisa Larsen Weidenbach was the last American woman to win, in 1985.

    Yuki Kawauchi of Japan came from behind to win the men’s race in 2:15:53.

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    “The cold, the wet and the rain – that’s the three worst things you can have, and you have that in one race,” Abdi Abdirahman, a four-time United States Olympian said on Sunday night. “A lot of guys have been talking about it, trying to be the tough guy and say, ‘Oh, I’m not worried about it, I will just have to deal with it.’ But you know, we will find out how many people are still intact after 30K.”

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