Kawauchi, Lin­den win in Bos­ton

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YUKI KAWAUCHI be­came the first Ja­panese man in 31 years to win the Bos­ton Marathon yes­ter­day with his fourth marathon tri­umph of the year while De­siree Lin­den be­came the first Amer­i­can women’s win­ner at Bos­ton since 1985.

Both sur­prise cham­pi­ons en­dured the cold­est start in 30 years as well as gust­ing winds and steady rain in tak­ing land­mark tri­umphs in the 122nd edi­tion of the famed 42.1km show­down over city streets.

“For me, these are the best con­di­tions pos­si­ble,” Kawauchi said through a trans­la­tor.

Kawauchi over­took de­fend­ing cham­pion Ge­of­frey Kirui of Kenya over the fi­nal two kilo­me­ters in heavy rain to win in 2hrs 15min 58sec with Kirui fin­ish­ing in 2:18:23 and Amer­i­can Shadrack Bi­wott 12sec fur­ther back in third.

“This is the great­est day of my life,” a tear­ful Kawauchi added. “This is Bos­ton. This is the great­est race in the world.”

Kawauchi be­came the first Ja­panese men’s win­ner at Bos­ton since Toshi­hiko Seko cap­tured his sec­ond ti­tle in 1987 and the eighth Ja­panese man in all to win the race.

It was Kawauchi’s fifth con­sec­u­tive marathon vic­tory af­ter last year’s Hofu Marathon in Japan, a New Year’s Day marathon at Marsh­field, Mas­sachusetts, Japan’s Ki­takyushu Marathon and Tai­wan’s Wan­jin­shi Marathon.

Lin­den over­took Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska and Kenya’s Gla­dys Ch­e­sir at Heart­break Hill af­ter the 20-mile mark and kept the lead from there to win in 2:39:54. Amer­i­can Sarah Sell­ers was a dis­tant sec­ond in 2:44:04 with Canada’s Krista Duchene third, an­other 16 sec­onds adrift.

No US woman had won the Bos­ton crown since Lisa Larsen Wei­den­bach 33 years ago, but Lin­den did it in the sixth Bos­ton start of her 16 marathons. – AFP

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