The Boston Marathon had some pretty intense conditions yesterday . . . 38 degrees with strong winds and icy rain.
But they ran it anyway . . . and an American woman managed to win for the first time in 33 YEARS.
34-year-old DESIREE LINDEN crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 39 minutes, and 53 seconds. That’s about 20 minutes slower than the course record. But with the weather, it’s not bad at all . . . and was more than four minutes faster than second place.
She wasn’t the only American woman to crush it yesterday though. A total of SEVEN female runners from the U.S. placed in the top ten, including four of the top five.
The last time an American woman won the Boston Marathon was way back in 1985. Which means Desiree wasn’t even two years old when it happened.
Yuki Kawauchi of Japan won the men’s race yesterday in just under 2 hours and 16 minutes. The top American was Shadrack Biwott in third place. And we also took fourth, fifth, and sixth.
(Boston Globe / ESPN)
(Here’s a photo of Desiree crossing the finish line.)