American Woman Wins Boston Marathon

Desiree Linden is the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years.
Photo courtesy of @bostonmarathon on twitter.

BOSTON – An American woman has won the Boston Marathon for the first time in 33 years.

Two-time US Olympian Desiree Linden, of California, was the first American woman to win the race since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985. Linden won with an unofficial time of 2:39:54.

Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi won the men’s race in an unofficial time of 2:15:54. Kawauchi was the first men’s runner from Japan to win the Boston Marathon since Toshihiko Seko in 1987.

Two familiar names have won push rim wheelchair division titles at the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, crosses the finish line at the 2018 Boston Marathon. The title was his 4th consecutive win. Photo courtesy of @bostonmarathon on twitter.

For the 4th consecutive year, Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, was the men’s wheelchair winner at with an unofficial time of 1:46:26. It was Hug’s fifth title in his last six World Marathon Majors races.

Tatyana McFadden, of Clarksville, Maryland, captured her fifth win at the Boston Marathon with an unofficial time of 2:04:39. The win was her 22nd in World Marathon Majors – the most of any female wheelchair athlete.

The weather caused rough conditions through the course.

Kawauchi’s winning time was more than 6 minutes slower than the winning time last year and Linden finished more than 18 minutes behind the 2017 winner. The men’s wheelchair winning time was the slowest in 31 years. McFadden’s winning time was the slowest in 30 years for the women’s wheelchair division.

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