Recalling the conditions as "brutal" and her freezing hands, Linden told reporters she felt the weather took speed away from others, meaning she could settle in and focus on winning the race. Linden's winning time - 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds - is the slowest time for a victor in the women's race since 1978, according to The Associated Press. Boston was Kawauchi's fourth marathon - and fourth win - this year, The New York Timesreports. She navigated the Boston asphalt in 2:39:54. Flanagan dropped out of the lead pack to go to a portable toilet.
In 2011, Linden finished second at Boston by just two seconds.
"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.
American Desiree Linden was the women's champion and Japan's Yuki Kawauchi led the men Monday at the 2018 Boston Marathon.
When the national anthem played after she won, Linden said she mentally replayed the scenario when she was just six miles in.
For the fourth year in a row, Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men's push rim wheelchair division, while American Tatyana McFadden won the women's push rim wheelchair division for the fifth time.
Lisa Larsen Weidenbach's 1985 victory was the last for an American woman - before the race began offering prize money that lured the top worldwide competitors to the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.
According to ESPN, Linden's time was the slowest time for a women's victor since 1978. but a win is a win.
Canadian Krista Duchene finished in third place and was the only non-American runner to place in the top five. Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line 2:25 later, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other USA men.
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