American woman dominates the 2018 Boston Marathon

An American woman and a Japanese man won the elite divisions in the Boston Marathon Monday, the first time runners from each country have taken the top spots in more than 30 years. Linden, a California native who lives in MI, almost ended the drought in 2011 when she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds during yet another Kenyan sweep. American Tatyana McFadden, won the women's wheelchair race for the fifth time, wore two jackets, with a layer of plastic between them and hand warmers against her chest. "When I got back to the group and got connected, Molly was at the front and I thought, 'Well, I should probably help Molly, and when I turned back I was was fourth, then third and I thought, 'Well, I probably shouldn't drop out'".

"It was definitely toughest conditions, on the cold side, that I've run in", she added.

We saw their friendship play out in real time at the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Des Linden's win at the Boston Marathon may have come as a surprise to some, but there's one person who isn't shocked: her friend and fellow Olympian Shalane Flanagan. Flanagan dropped out of the lead pack to go to a portable toilet.

"Honestly I just felt miserable and sometimes when you pick it up, you forget how you're feeling", said Linden, a 34-year-old from MI. She finished second in 2011. Her finishing time was 2:39:54.

Linden took the lead around the 2-hour, 12-minute mark, passing Gladys Chesir of Kenya and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia. 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 since 1978.

Before Linden, the last American woman to win the Boston Marathon was Lisa Rainsberger in 1985.

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