Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

American woman dominates the 2018 Boston Marathon

She won the race by running in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds.

"For me, these are the best conditions possible", Kawauchi said jokingly, according to the Boston Marathon's Twitter account.

Despite the torrential downpour, the Boston Marathon went on as planned this morning and for the first time since 1985, an American woman won the race.

Hometown favorite Shalane Flanagan, a four-time Olympian and the reigning New York City Marathon champion, finished sixth after popping into a course-side portable toilet before the halfway point and falling behind the lead pack. It's also the first marathon win of the 34-year-old's career.

In the 2011 Boston Marathon, Linden came in second, just two seconds behind victor Caroline Kilel.

Lisa Larsen Weidenbach's 1985 victory was the last for an American woman - before the race began offering prize money that lured the top worldwide competitors to the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.

When the national anthem played after she won, Linden said she mentally replayed the scenario when she was just six miles in. He's Japan's first Boston Marathon victor since 1987. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers - one of seven Americans in the top 10 - but the slowest time for a women's victor in Boston since 1978.

Today's win will surely make Linden forget about her disappointment in the 2011 Boston Marathon when she missed the grand title by just two seconds.

Canadian Krista Duchene finished in third place and was the only non-American runner to place in the top five.

The rest of the Top 10 was dominated by American women, as Rachel Hyland (2:44:29) ranked fourth, Nicole Demercurio (2:45:52) finished fifth in the women's race, Kimi Reed (2:46:47) came in seventh, and Joanna Thompson (2:48:31) was the 10th to cross the 2018 Boston Marathon finish line. The last American man to win Boston was Meb Keflezighi, in 2014.

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