Linden first US woman to win Boston since '85

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Desiree Linden, the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985, nearly dropped out as the wind and rain lashed runners on the 26.2-mile course.

Kawauchi became the first Japanese men's victor at Boston since Toshihiko Seko captured his second title in 1987 and the eighth Japanese man in all to win the race. "She said 2:45 [two hours and 45 minutes] was her PR [personal record], and in the past, with 2:45 you have been able to place pretty well in Boston".

After news of the long-anticipated victory spread, Twitter flooded with congratulations from fans, fellow athletes, and others inspired by Linden's hard work.

Early on in the cold and rainy race blasted by strong headwinds, Linden slowed down for fellow American runner and 2017 NYC Marathon victor, Shalane Flanagan, as she veered to the side of the course to use the restroom. Why?

The defining moment in the men's race appeared to be at the 25k point when defending champion Geoffrey Kirui made a big surge and broke away from the leading group, with Galen Rupp and Kawauchi among the chasers.

BC-ATH-Boston Marathon, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 481Desi Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st USA woman since '85AP Photo BX137, BX133, BX231Eds: Updates with quotes, details. "I was not running straight and I knew something was going downhill", said Stallis.

The temperate Monday morning at the start line was announced at 30 degrees and rain fell throughout the race, often heavily, to make for a slower overall pace. The Japanese phenom, who has developed a cult following for running many marathons per year (and a lot of them under 2:20, as he holds the world record for doing so 79 times, and counting).

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"For me, it's the best conditions possible", said Kawauchi, who competed in 12 marathons past year - six times the usual number for an elite runner - and also works as a school administrator.

"I couldn't be happier for Desi", said Rainsberger, a longtime coach in Colorado Springs whose daughter, Katie, was a 10-time Colorado state champion for Air Academy and is now a sophomore at track powerhouse Oregon. "Initially I kind of liked having it, I liked the tagline of saying I was the last American to win the Boston Marathon".

Prior to Monday, Sellers had run in just one marathon, the Huntsville Marathon in Utah, which she won to qualify for Boston.

"This is the greatest day of my life", a tearful Kawauchi said through a translator.

Last week, Bolton told a reporter that the pro Kenyan runner "definitely came to win" just as she had in 2015. Kawauchi crossed the finish line in an unofficial time of 2:15:58.

"I kept hitting refresh on the race results". He is the first Japanese victor since Toshihiko Seko in 1987. "This one race has been years in the making". It was also the person who Kawauchi says encouraged him to run Boston. And the two local runners who fought the war the best were Alex Leuchanka and John Corona. Times Magazine said the gruelling conditions were among the coldest in three decades.

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