Boston Marathon 2018: Desiree Linden's Historic Win

Date April 20, 2018

The history was made at the Boston Marathon when 34-year-old Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the women's event in 33 years. She crossed the finish line in a record time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds.

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Her time was more than 14 minutes slower than her last two races, but this is largely due to the poor weather conditions that worked against any new records for the race.

Her closest competitor came 4:10 after.

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Speaking with the press after the race, Linden was overjoyed.

I don’t have the right words. I’m thrilled. It’s supposed to be hard. ... I was just lucky to get it done.

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The last American woman who won the Women’s Division of the Boston Marathon was Lisa Rainsberger in 1985.

This is not her first race

Desiree Nicole Linden (née Davila) started out running track and playing women’s soccer in high school. While she was a freshman, she ran a sub-5-minute mile. She also participated in the CIF California State Meet for four years, making the finalists list each time.

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Linden’s first appearance in the Boston Marathon was in 2007. She crossed the finish line in 19th place with a time of 2:44:56. In 2008, she entered for the Houston Half Marathon with a personal best of 1:12:10. This time earned her a spot in the qualifications for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials.

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She represented the United States during the 2012 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Sadly, Linden did not finish the race due to stress on her femur. In 2014, she was again at the Boston Marathon, this time placing 10th in 2:23:54.

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By 2017, she came a lot closer to victory when she came 4th in 2:25:06, losing by about 4 minutes to Edna Kiplagat.

Winning does feel good

Speaking with ESPN after the award ceremony, Linden was clearly very excited about her win. When asked how she felt, Linden replied emphatically, “so good, so good, so good”.

Linden actually confessed that she considered dropping out of the race. She was feeling horrible for a while and told her teammate. However, with a little motivation, she stuck the course and claimed her victory.

It has been a long and painful road for this star athlete, and despite her disappointments, she kept her resolve. In the end, her determination paid off and has given her a place in history.

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