Desi Linden Captures 2018 Boston Marathon Gold

4/16/2018
 
IMG_1720.JPGWith temperatures peaking in the 30s, a head wind of approximately 40 mph, and enough rain to flood the streets of Boston, weather conditions were not ideal for marathoning to say the least. None of that stopped Desi Linden, though, who became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. The 34 year old, who currently resides in Michigan, had previously placed second in the 2011 Boston Marathon by less than 2 seconds. Second place went to Sarah Sellers, marking the first 1-2 finish by American women since 1979. Overall, 7 out of the top ten spots would go to American females, with hometown hero Shalane Flanagan placing sixth.

For the men, Japan's Yuki Kawauchi took gold, with America's Shadrack Biwott and Tyler Pennel finishing third and fourth. Overall, US men took six out of the top ten spots. Galen Rupp, who finished second at last year's marathon, was forced to drop out between miles 18 and 19 and was treated for asthma and hypothermia. With temperatures hovering at 38 degrees at 8:40 a.m. in Hopkinton, this was the coldest start to the Boston Marathon in 30 years.