On a 38-degree, rainy, windy and all-around pretty gross day in Boston on Monday, Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in over 30 years. Finishing with a time of 2:39:54, the California native caught then-leader of the women’s race, Ethiopian Mamitu Daska in the race’s second half, then left Daska and the rest of the the field in her dust over the marathon’s final five miles.
Linden won despite waiting for her running partner, Shalane Flanagan, when Flanagan had to take a detour for a bathroom break.
“Honestly, at mile two, three, four, I didn’t feel like I was even gonna make it to the finish line,” Linden told NBC Sports . “I told [Flanagan] during the race ‘if there’s anything I can do to help you out, let me know, because I might just drop out.’ When you work together, you never know what’s going to happen. Helping her helped me, and I kinda got my legs back from there.”
An incredible story gets even better. Congrats to Linden on one of racing’s greatest accomplishments.