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ASU’s Lin­den ends drought as 1st Amer­i­can woman to win Bos­ton Marathon since 1985 Jeff Met­calfe Ari­zona Repub­lic | USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

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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

CHARLES KRUPA/AP

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.

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