Boston before, many times, and lost by two seconds in 2011.

She won silver medals in the 2010 Chicago Marathon and 2011 Boston Marathon. In addition to her success at the Boston Marathon, Linden has competed in the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Yuki Kawauchi of Japan and Desiree Linden of the US celebrate with the trophy after winning the men's and women's divisions of the 122nd Boston Marathon.

It was no coincidence that the elite runners who DNFed were the East Africans who don't train in cold, wet, and windy conditions and nearly never compete in them. Linden took her lead in the 21st mile, passing Daska and then Gladys Chesir of Kenya.

Unless there's another once-in-a-century confluence of soaking rain, stiff headwind, and windchill near freezing, a clocking of 2 hours 39 minutes and 54 seconds is not going to win a woman a laurel wreath here, as it did on this Patriots Day.

HADLEY GREEN/Staff photo Desiree Linden of MI wins the 122nd Boston Marathon in the elite women's division.

The last American women's victor in Boston? She made her marathon debut in Boston in 2007. I love this race, this course.

So, when Flanagan made an unexpected pit stop - heading into a roadside portable toilet - after around an hour of racing, Linden slowed down to wait for her friend.

Kawauchi, who holds the record for the most sub-2.20 marathons, said past year that being able to fit in only one training session a day had helped him.

Desiree Linden running in the Boston Marathon. I told her [Flanagan] I said let me understand since I might lose out, when there's anything I can do to assist you. That's the slowest time for a women's victor since 1978, the AP reports. "When I got back to the group and got connected, Molly was at the front and I thought, 'Well, I should probably help Molly, and when I turned back I was was fourth, then third and I thought, 'Well, I probably shouldn't drop out'". Just look at Galen Rupp, who finished second in the elite men's field a year ago.

Actions and behaviors show people who you are.

With reasonable weather, women's runner-up Sarah Sellers was looking to run the US Olympic A Trials standard of 2:38:00, to get her expenses paid to the Trials.

This year 91 runners went to area hospitals after the race and 10 were still in the hospital on Tuesday morning according to the BAA.

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