Desi Linden becomes first US woman to win Boston Marathon since 1985

Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to win the Boston Marathon on Monday, the first victory for an American woman since 1985.

The two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill to win in 2hr 39min 54sec. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers – one of seven Americans in the top 10 – but the slowest time for a women’s winner in Boston since 1978.

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