ASU’s Linden ends drought as 1st American woman to win Boston Marathon since 1985 Jeff Metcalfe Arizona Republic | USA TODAY NETWORK
Two-time Olympian Desiree Linden, an All-American during her Arizona State career, overcame rain and cold Monday to become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. ❚ Linden, 34, fell to third in the second half of the 26.2-mile race then came back in the final six miles to win by more than four minutes in 2:39:54 for her first marathon victory.
❚ The most recent American women’s winner before Linden was Lisa Rainsberger in 1985. ❚ Linden ran cross country and track at ASU from 2001-05 before beginning what has become an exceptional professional career. She trains professionally in Michigan with the Hanson-Brooks Distance Project. ❚ American Sarah Sellers, who lives in Tucson and works as a nurse anesthetist, was second in 2:44:05, qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. She is a Utah native who ran at Weber State. ❚ Linden and Sellers are the first American women to finish 1-2 at Boston since Joan Benoit and Patti Lyons in 1979. See MARATHON, Page 6C
“I love this city. I love this course. I’m thrilled to be here and get it done.” Desiree Linden Boston Marathon winner
Desiree Linden wins the women's division of the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday in Boston. The former Arizona State runner is the first American woman to win the race since 1985.