Kawauchi, Linden win landmark Boston Marathon titles

That gap is made all the more impressive by her show of solidarity in waiting for fellow American runner Shalane Flanagan during her now-famous 13-second bathroom break. "I was trying to ask officials what place I was in".

Ruth Dye and Teresa Larsen, two 40-year-old female runners from Billings, crossed the finish line at the same time.

"I kept hitting refresh on the race results". "Did they miss somebody? I think the conditions were instrumental in being able to win". "I thought early on that I might be pulling the plug, so I just kind nudged her and said, 'Hey, if I can block the wind or help at all, let me know'".

"People were talking about my performance decline after reaching 30, but now that I've won the Boston Marathon, others might feel they can do it too". "I was jumping up and down".

For her part, Flanagan finished in seventh, 6:37 down on her pacesetting pal. "For me these were good running conditions and I am happy with the win", Kawauchi speaking through a translator said as he reveled in his win.

So she's not only an wonderful athlete, she's also a great teammate.

Under horrendous running conditions with the spluttering rain, low temperatures and raging wind on the Boston streets, Kirui, the reigning World Champion looked on course for a second consecutive title after bolting off in the final 17km.

Sheehy said she needed to finish under four hours to qualify for next year's Boston Marathon and accomplished that goal with a time of 3:44, but she was slower than usual.

Her finish is the best ever by a native of Utah at the Boston Marathon.

So when she had to stop running the marathon Monday after about 15 miles of it, there was no doubt in her mind she was going to finish.

She now lives in MI with her husband. She was also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, the only athlete in Weber State history to earn Academic All-America honors three times.

Sellers, who is originally from Utah, graduated from college in 2015, but a stress fracture forced her to take almost two years off from running. Then on Mondays, she calls Pilkington to discuss her training and make adjustments.

"It is a tremendous achievement to win Boston, which is one of the highest quality races in the world", Toshihiko Seko, the Japanese runner who won the race in 1987 and 1981, told national broadcaster NHK.

But that's not what she told her coach... or us.

  • Salvatore Jensen