Linden, Kawauchi are Boston winners

Linden, Kawauchi are Boston winners

Linden, Kawauchi are Boston winners

2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds - was the slowest winning time since 1978, that only spoke to the hard conditions runners faced through the 26.2 mile course, battered by a tough wind and cold rain that kept the pace relatively slow.

"I told her (Flanagan) anything I can do to help you let me know because I might drop out". She said she was "in shock" that her podium finish earned her $75,000 in prize money, the AP reported.

Desiree "Desi" Linden, 34, became the first American woman to win the women's race since Lisa Larsen Weidenback did so in 1985 after pulling away from a competitive field and battling unusually cold, wet and windy conditions.

Per Nicole Yang of this Boston Globe, Flanagan ceased more than a hour in to the race.

"I think that momentum of just helping someone else, not investing so much in how she's feeling maybe gave her that little lift she needed". This year, the 36-year-old athlete competed for her last time in the city's biggest race, the Boston Herald reported on April 15, and was aspiring to end her elite runner career with a bang.

Flanagan was even quoted to have said she wanted to win the 2018 Boston marathon "so badly" that she had to resort to reverse psychology in order to maintain focus.

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.

And because the pace was slower than normal - due to the torrential downpour that battered the runners throughout the race - Flanagan decided it was a good time to take the pit-stop. It was a display of sportsmanship that impressed many watching the race. American Sarah Sellers was second (2:44.04) and Olympian Shalane Flanagan (2:46.31) of Marblehead was seventh.

"Honestly at mile 2, 3, 4 I didn't feel like I was gonna even make it to the finish line", she said in an interview after her victory. Linden won the women's race with an unofficial time 2:39.54 - more than 10 minutes off the her personal record but a substantial effort amid Boston's harsh weather conditions on Monday.

Yuki Kawauchi splashed through the pelting rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and wind that gusted as high as 32 miles per hour to win the men's race, passing defending champion Geoffrey Kirui in Kenmore Square to earn Japan's first Boston title since 1987 and the $150,000 first prize.

Linden, 34, who lives in MI, finished second in Boston back in 2011.

Canada's Krista Duchene was third, with a total of seven Americans in the women's top 10 and - for the second straight year - six in the men's.