Desiree Linden and Yuki Kawauchi Pull Off Upsets in Rainy Boston Marathon

Linden and the rest of the field faced a headwind of about 10 miles per hour and temperatures of 38 degrees at the starting line on Monday. But the conditions did not stop Linden and Yuki Kawauchi, 31, who came from behind to win the men’s race. He is the first Japanese man to win the race since 1987, the year Kawauchi was born.

Linden had to chase down Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia, also 34, who had bravely separated from the lead women’s pack before the halfway mark and led by as much as 30 seconds, running alone in the rain and wind.

Early in the race, though, Linden was doubting whether she would even finish. When her fellow American Shalane Flanagan made a quick stop at a portable toilet about 45 minutes in, Linden slowed. She had told Flanagan she might

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