Despite having to contend with wind and rain impacting the area, Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. Ultimately finishing 26 miles in New England, her time is currently set at around 2:39:53, beating Ethiopian runner Mamitu Daska and Kenyan runner Gladys Chesir. Despite just making this milestone, she already had four previous Top 10 finishes in the Maraton, as well as just missing the top place by two seconds in 2011.
On Twitter, Sports Illustrated writer Chris Chavez proclaimed Linden’s win by announcing “Drought Over,” possibly a play both on the weather impacting the area at the time and Linden’s milestone win, as well as announcing Linden’s time:
“Desiree Linden becomes the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Takes the victory in 2:39:54”
According to WMUR, other notable winners include Yuki Kawauchi of Japan, who won the men’s race, and Russian-born Tatyana McFadden from Maryland, who won the women’s wheelchair race, also winning this year’s women’s wheelchair race at the Chicago Marathon.
Who is Desiree Linden?
A native of California, Linden, who is also known by the aliases “Des” and “Desi,” has been a runner since high school where she ran track and cross country, later going on to Arizona State University, where she was a two-time All-American in track and cross country, as well as a psychology major. According to her official bio from the school, where she was identified by her maiden name, Desiree Nicole Davila, she earned her first All-America honors in 2003.
While she only recently became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985, she is hardly a novice when it comes to running. According to Yahoo Sports, she previously had four Top 10 finishes in the Marathon; in 2011, she had also come close to winning the Boston Marathon, only losing by two seconds.