2018 Boston Diary: Linden is 1st American Women's Boston Champion Since 1985, David Hunter sings the praises of Des Linden
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:26

2018 Boston Diary: Linden is 1st American Women's Boston Champion Since 1985, David Hunter sings the praises of Des Linden

Written by RBR-Dave Hunter
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Along with the other elite women competitors, two-time United States Olympic marathoner Desiree Linden stood shivering at the Hopkinton start line this morning for what seemed like an eternity. But after the starting pistol was fired, she took her time, kept her cool, and ultimately showed - to herself, her competitors, and others - she had the winning race plan which she executed with perfection.

 

 

 

While two past winners - defending champion Edna Kiplagat and course record holder Buzunesh Deba - had been considered by many as the pre-race favorites, a gaggle of American women were nonetheless seen as most worthy challengers, each seeking to become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. Shalane Flanagan, local favorite from nearby Marblehead, Massachusetts, hoped to pair a Boston title with the New York City Marathon crown she captured last November. Other top Americans toeing the line featured two-time Olympian and American record holder at 10,000 meters Molly Huddle, Olympic medalist and American record-holder Deena Kastor, and Linden, a 2-time Olympian and 3-time top-5 Boston finisher. 

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