Boston Marathon: The First American Woman to Win Since 1985

Desiree Linden is the first American women to place first in the Boston Marathon since 1985.

It is now official, for the first time since 1985, an American woman has successfully won the Boston Marathon. This defiant win marks the first victory for an American female contestant in the women’s division of the Boston Marathon in over three decades!

Desiree “Desi” Linden, completed the race (that exceeds more than 26 miles long) on Monday, April 16th, 2018, finishing the marathon with an unofficial time of two hours, 39 minutes and 53 seconds. Linden has now officially become the first American women to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985.

Linden claimed the victory, despite the absolute terrible conditions. Competitors were not only tasked with battling the race that spans a distance over 26 miles. But the duration of the marathon consisted of nothing but cold, wet and extremely windy weather. Obviously, the conditions were not optimum for a marathon runner’s standards, but Desiree stayed her course, toughed it out, and cruised to a relatively easy win.

Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia led the competition for more than half of the marathon but eventually began to fade down the stretch. Desiree immediately jumped up to take the advantage, finally posting her first lead at the 21st-mile mark.

Over the last decade, the Boston Marathon women’s division has been dominated by competitors outside the country, specifically Ethiopia and Kenya. 2018’s marathon proved to be extremely different, with seven different American women finishing inside the top ten.

During the race Desi displayed more than her exceptional running skills, her sportsmanship educated and reminded viewers about the amazing attributes sports can provide. Linden held back during the marathon, specifically in the beginning of the race, all to help her teammate catch up to the pack after she stopped to use the restroom mid-competition.

“Honestly at mile 2, 3, 4 I didn’t feel like I was gonna even make it to the finish line. I told her [Flanagan] in the race, I said if there’s anything I can do to help you out, let me know because I might just drop out.” 

“When you work together, you never know what’s going to happen. Helping her helped me and kind of got my legs back from there.” Linden said

This Boston Marathon win serves as somewhat of a redemption story for Desiree Linden, back in 2011, she fell only six seconds short of the legendary marathon title. Linden is no “newbie” in the world of competitive running, she is a two-time Olympian, where she performed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

Desiree “Desi” Linden has now become the 16th American woman to win the Boston Marathon.


That’s how you represent the USA!!!