Boston Marathon: American Woman Wins For First Time Since '85

Linden becomes first US female to win Boston Marathon since 1985; Japanese amateur wins men's race

Linden becomes first US female to win Boston Marathon since 1985; Japanese amateur wins men's race

"Honestly, at mile 2, 3, 4, I didn't feel like I was even going to make it to the finish line", Linden said. Des, the two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill to finish in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds.

"It was definitely toughest conditions, on the cold side, that I've run in", Desiree said, via MassLive. But when she slid into third or fourth place while running, she realized dropping out wasn't a good idea.

The 34-year-old runner not only stopped to wait for her friend but also helped Flanagan catch the lead pack, states USA Today.

In the 2011 Boston Marathon, Linden came in second, just two seconds behind victor Caroline Kilel.

Linden saw Flanagan making an emergency break (the athlete darted into a portable toilet) and made a decision to slow down and make sure her friend and competitor was alright.

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.

Before Linden, the last American woman to win the Boston Marathon was Lisa Rainsberger in 1985.

When the national anthem played after she won, Linden said she mentally replayed the scenario when she was just six miles in.

"It's storybook", the victor of the 2018 Boston Marathon added.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland notched his fifth win in the men's wheelchair division, while American woman Tatyana McFadden also won her fifth title.

According to ESPN, Linden's time was the slowest time for a women's victor since 1978. but a win is a win.

Flanagan finished seventh, one of seven American women finishing in the top eight. Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line 2:25 later, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other US men.