Linden and Kawauchi win Boston Marathon

"As of right now, " she said, standing in the lobby of the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel a couple of hours after the race, "this is my last Boston, at least competitively".

Lisa Rainsberger answered the phone in her Colorado Springs home a second or two after Desi Linden crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon Monday morning and said, "I'm crying".

It is the first major title for Kawauchi.

Kirui, who set the halfway pace at 1:05:59, failed in his bid to become the first back-to-back Boston men's victor since compatriot Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot in 2006-2008.

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.

Desiree Linden running in the Boston Marathon.

In Copley Square, crowds thinned and muffled by the weather greeted Linden, the California native who lives in MI, with chants of "U-S-A!"

An incredible story gets even better. Kristina Duchene of Canada was third at a time of 2:44:20.

Linden claimed the $150,000 first-place prize. Linden is also a two-time Olympian - she came in seventh at the 2016 Rio Games, and had to drop out a few miles into the marathon at the 2012 London Games due to a stress fracture. Congrats to Linden on one of racing's greatest accomplishments. Sporting black shorts, black mittens and a black jacket with a horizontal yellow stripe, she raised her arms shoulder length to break the tape.

Perhaps this explains the powerful range of emotions showing on her face as she stood for the playing of the American national anthem.

"Initially I kind of liked having it, I liked the tagline of saying I was the last American to win the Boston Marathon".

Data suggests that marathoners run their fastest races when the temperature is in the 40s - but the study excludes wind.

There are about 100 runners from the San Joaquín Valley who met the marathon's strict qualifying time and showed up for the run.

At the end of the day, American men managed to snatch six of the Top 10 positions, with Andrew Bumbalough (2:19:52) coming in fifth, Scott Smith (2:21:47) finishing sixth, Elkanah Kibet (2:23:37) ranking eighth, and Daniel Vassallo (2:27:50) finishing last in the Top 10.

  • Leroy Wright