BOSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – Desiree Linden splashed her way through the icy rain and a near-gale headwind to a Boston Marathon victory Monday, the first American woman to win the race since 1985.
The two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill and ran alone through Brookline to finish in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That’s the slowest time for a women’s winner since 1978.
Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi surged with a mile to go to overtake Geoffrey Kirui to win the men’s race on Monday.
Kawauchi crossed the finish line in an unofficial time of 2:15:58. He becomes the first Japanese man to win Boston since 1987, when Seko Toshihiko won the title.
Kawauchi said through an interpreter that the wind and cold were the “best conditions possible” for the race.
Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui was second in 2:18:20, followed by American Shadrack Biwott in 2:18:35.
It is the first major title for Kawauchi. Kawauchi sprinted out to an early lead before falling back. He surged several times during the race.
A field of 30,000 runners fought drenching rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and gusts of up to 32 mph on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square.
A crowd of fans —thinned and muffled by the weather— greeted Linden with chants of “U-S-A!”
The city held a moment of silence Sunday to mark five years since the deadly Boston Marathon bombing. Three spectators were killed.
A police officer was also shot and killed during a confrontation with one of the suspects.
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