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.

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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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