Chula Vista Native Desiree Linden Wins Boston Marathon

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.               CBS News

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. CBS News

Despite the pit stop, Linden was still able to finish the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon first in 2 hours 39 minutes 54 seconds. 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. The four-time Olympian and silver medalist in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Games had previously said this would be her last go at it as an elite division runner at Boston.

Kawauchi, the first Japanese man to win here since 1987, had never claimed a major title in 10 previous appearances across nine years and knew that he never would have a better chance than Monday.

It was no coincidence that the elite runners who DNFed were the East Africans who don't train in cold, wet, and windy conditions and nearly never compete in them.

Kawauchi crossed the finishing line with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 58 seconds.

To all the hardcore coffee folks from the Diesel Cafe in Somerville, from Dwelltime in Cambridge, from Espresso Yourself in Jamaica Plain, Desiree Linden won the Boston Marathon for you.

Principal John Wright of West Side Elementary School in Elizabethton also conquered the Boston Marathon, with his son Harrison.

"I don't think there was a single person in Boston who thought I would win this today", he said with a smile. "She admitted to Runners" World that she just didn't feel like running anymore last summer, so she kayaked, fished, read books and played with her puppy, instead. Both women were struggling to fight through the weather, and Flanagan chose to jolt off course into a port-a-potty - only to return to the pack about 14 seconds later, with Linden by her side. Kurui was second with a time of 2:18.21 while USA runners took the third and fourth spots.

Flanagan, who surprised many when she captured New York City in November, finished in seventh place, almost 20 minutes slower than her New York-winning time. "They're in a different league than me". "It's good to get it done". "Helping her helped me and kind of got my legs back from there".

The last time a Japanese man won an Olympic marathon medal was in Barcelona in 1992. The wet conditions this year slowed down the field - Sports Illustrated reported that it was 38 degrees at the start of the race, with wind gusts up to 18 miles per hour.

She said she enjoys trying new bourbons especially with "a strong and long finish, smooth with some heat but not a bite".

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