Boston Marathon Winner Was A Woman?

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Boston Marathon Winner Was A Woman?

Wendy Carter, Reporter and Treasurer

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Desiree Linden, an American, is the first woman winner of the Boston Marathon since 1985. Linden finished with an overall time of 2:39:54 beating second place winner Sarah Sellers who finished at 2:44:04. Desiree Linden has competed in two separate Olympics and came close to receiving a medal in both. She competed in her first Boston Marathon in 2007. Since the 2011 Boston Marathon where she lost by two seconds, Linden redeemed herself this year with the completion and winning of the marathon in extremely brutal weather conditions with the low at one point being 38 degrees. Linden, when asked how she felt in an interview with ESPN about the win said, “Even when I got into the lead [at Mile 22], I was like, ‘This is going to go horribly wrong,”’ she said later. “I tried to not let off the gas and get right up to the tape.” When asked when she knew she was going to win she replied with, “When I made the right on Hereford [Street], I thought, ‘This is happening, this is for real.'”

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