Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in more than 30 years on Monday morning. Linden, 34, finished in 2:39.54, more than four minutes ahead of fellow American Sarah Sellers, a virtual unknown entering the race whose second-place finish was more surprising to running enthusiasts than Linden's emotional win.
In her second career marathon race, Sarah Sellers wasn't listed as one of the elite runners.
Paso Robles- Six locals competed in the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, braving harsh weather conditions with heavy rain and strong headwinds. Kawauchi was loving the cold, though. "If they had been regular conditions, it might have been a little bit tougher to beat some of the competition", Kawauchi told reporters after the race.
Analysts applauded Linden for displaying huge sportsmanship - especially in a race that practically every professional distance runner dreams of winning and while running amid unusually harsh weather conditions. Defending champions Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat finished second and ninth but were the only Kenyans to crack the top 10 in their races - the country's worst performance in decades. "Helping her helped me".
The doubt was discarded when she ran 2:29:15 for fifth place at the 2013 Berlin Marathon and then took eighth at the 2014 Boston Marathon.
She runs most mornings before hitting the hospital floor and was a promising runner when she was at Weber State University.
In the 2011 Boston Marathon, Linden came in second, just two seconds behind victor Caroline Kilel. "I didn't run with the professionals, and because of that, they said I wasn't eligible for the prize". Her time was 24 seconds too slow. Originally from Utah, she graduated from Ogden High School. Since she also has a full-time job, training either happens at 8 p.m. or 4 a.m. "Looking at my time going into the race, I shouldn't be on the same page as any the women the top 20 women ..."
"I was completely shocked, I am still shocked", she said. Nicole Dimercurio (USA) 2:45:52, 7.
Linden, a 34-year-old who lives in MI, wowed commentators when she waited for Shalane Flanagan while her teammate made a quick toilet break 45 minutes into the race.
"I loved running my whole life, but being injured, I think, took it to a whole other level because as soon as something's taken away from you it's like the only thing you want", said Sellers. That time placed her 4613th overall and 575th amongst females. "Honestly, with Des, I hardly ever want flawless conditions".
"It's hard to get down when you look on both sides of the street for the vast majority of the race and there's people yelling the entire time", Sellers grinned.