Boston Marathon 2018 live: Americans Desiree Linden, Sarah Sellers finish 1-2, running into history

Brutal conditions? A nasty head wind? A chilly rain? None of those things stopped Desiree Linden, who became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985, streaking away from the field as American women nabbed five of the six top spots at the finish line.

Linden, a 34-year-old from Michigan, overcame the heartbreak of 2011, when she finished second in the marathon by two seconds, and won in an unofficial time of 2:39:54.

The veteran long-distance runner who competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, where she placed seventh, finished ahead of American Sarah Sellers, who was second in 2:44:05 for the first 1-2 finish in Boston by American women since 1979. American Rachel Hyland was fourth in 2:44:29. Nicole Demurcio was fifth in 2:45:52 and Shalane Flanagan, helped along the way by Linden, after a rest-stop detour delayed her was sixth in 2:46:31. Canada’s Krista Duchene was third in 2:44:20.

Linden told before the race that she likes to bide her time until around the 30K mark for the marathon, then make a move. That’s just what she did Monday. “It’s kind of like the blinders go up at that point,” she said.

The last women’s winner in Boston? Lisa Larsen Rainsberger (then competing as Lisa Larsen Weidenbach).

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