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American woman wins Boston Marathon

American woman wins Boston Marathon

"For me, these are the best conditions possible", Kawauchi said after the race.

Unfortunately, things didn't pan out the way she had hoped, as Flanagan managed to only come in sixth in the women's race. But when she slid into third or fourth place while running, she realized dropping out wasn't a good idea.

Despite her early-race doubts - and even slowing down to wait for a fellow American runner that stopped to use the restroom - Linden was able to find her groove and clinch her first major marathon championship.

Linden finished second in 2011 with a time of 2:22:38.

Linden, 34, won with a time more than 14 minutes slower than her previous two races, but course conditions were not conducive to personal- or course-record performances.

"I told her (Flanagan) in the race, I said if there's anything I can do to help you out, let me know because I might just drop out", Linden said in a statement.

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"I love this city", Linden said to NBC Sports. Linden finished fourth in the Boston Marathon previous year.

Lisa Larsen Weidenbach's 1985 victory was the last for an American woman - before the race began offering prize money that lured the top global competitors to the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.

Linden saw Flanagan making an emergency break (the athlete darted into a portable toilet) and chose to slow down and make sure her friend and competitor was alright.

"It's storybook", the victor of the 2018 Boston Marathon added.

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.

Flanagan finished seventh, one of seven American women finishing in the top eight. The last American man to win Boston was Meb Keflezighi, in 2014.


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