ASU alumna Desiree Linden wins wet, windy Boston Marathon for USA

ASU alumna Desiree Linden wins wet, windy Boston Marathon for USA

It was the slowest winning time since 1976, but Kawauchi beat a field that included the last three Boston winners, plus Olympic marathon bronze medalist Galen Rupp.

It is the first city she ever ran a marathon in - 2007, when she placed in the top 20 women finishers - and on the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, Linden's hard work paid off as she sailed across the finish line on Boylston Street. Having come in second place in 2011, just two seconds behind victor Caroline Kilel, taking home the top prize in 2018 came with an extra bit of relief. I felt bad. I was (thinking) 'this is going to be embarrassing (when I get caught).' I was just running as hard as I could.

If you asked Linden herself what was going to happen early on in the race, she would have told you she was going to drop out as that's what she told fellow American Shalane Flanagan.

Desiree Linden, of Washington, Mich., wins the women's division of the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Boston.

Kawauchi, the first Japanese victor here since Toshihiko Seko in 1987, came from more than a minute behind to catch the flagging Kirui at Kenmore Square and went on to win by almost 2½ minutes.

"Honestly I felt miserable, but sometimes when you pick it up and forget about how you're feeling and just engage for a little bit you can turn everything around", she said.

Kawauchi, who'd dashed away from his rivals from the start in what appeared to be a rash move, was swallowed up by the pack but caught up with the leaders near the midpoint. Kawauchi had won a marathon New Year's Eve in MA in 1 degree temps (-13C) and Linden had run a 10k in miserable weather in Japan.

For Linden, the sixth time was the charm.

Though Kawauchi has won more than 30 marathons, his best finish in a major before Monday was third in Tokyo in 2011. “I have the utmost respect for who they are as athletes and as people.”.

"Linden on what she was thinking during national anthem: "(I was thinking) It was kind of hilarious how it worked out.

Even with the short delay, Linden was able to get back on track, and wound up completing the course four minute faster than her nearest competitor. This time she made the turn off of Hereford with a lead of more than half a mile. That made me want to be a marathoner.

The 31-year-old ran 12 marathons in 2017, winning five of them. "I could see somebody coming back but I wasn't sure it was Kirui. I ran my own race and I ran him down". "I couldn't help by feel the hand of fate in this".