Sport Desi Linden shows incredible sportsmanship in winning Boston Marathon

22:07  16 april  2018
22:07  16 april  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Desi Linden leads the group of Boston Marathon runners out for the 2.62-mile run to the brewery. “I haven’t looked past Marathon Monday,” she said. “I think about it every day. I bring a winning attitude every day.

BOSTON (20-Apr) -- At the 2011 Boston Marathon , Desiree Linden nearly made history. "I couldn't ask for anything more." But deep inside, Linden was disappointed. How could she come so close to winning Boston and let it slip away?

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Miles before Desi Linden made history by winning the Boston Marathon, she didn't think she'd even finish the 26.2-mile race.

RELATED: Linden is first US woman to win Boston Marathon in 33 years

So she was more than willing to help Shalane Flanagan, her friend and competitor, try to win.

When Flanagan, the 2017 New York Marathon champion, darted into a Porta Potty just a couple miles into the race, Linden decided she'd slow up, wait for Flanagan and help her catch the lead pack.

Who Was The Last American Woman To Win The Boston Marathon?

  Who Was The Last American Woman To Win The Boston Marathon? No American woman has won the Boston Marathon since 1985. This year's women's elite field has a strong chance of ending the drought. This year's women's elite field includes reigning champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, who looks to become the first woman to win back-to-back Boston Marathon titles since Rita Jeptoo in 2013 and 2014. Jeptoo was later stripped of her 2014 win after she tested positive for EPO. Before Jeptoo, the last back-to-back champion was Catherine Ndereba in 2004 and 2005. The U.S. women's field for 2018 features Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan, who won the 2017 New York City Marathon. She has run Boston three times and finished as high as fourth. Jordan Hasay looks to improve upon her third place finish from last year and is coming off a 2:20:57 at the Chicago Marathon. Desiree Linden was second in 2011 and consistently races in Boston most years. The pre-race favorite among the Americans appears to be Molly Huddle, who has only run one previous marathon and was third at the 2016 New York City Marathon. American record holder Deena Kastor is also in the field at 45 years old. Flanagan, Hasay, Huddle and Linden look to become the first woman to win Boston since Lisa Rainsberger broke the tape in 1985. The highest American finish since Rainsberger was the runner-up finish by Linden. The last American man to win Boston is Meb Keflezighi in 2014.

Runner’s World: What is the goal for Boston 2017? Desiree Linden : I would love to win . Related: Shalane Flanagan Will Miss 2017 Boston Marathon With Injury. People know how bad she wants to win that race. Show comments.

Desiree Linden endured miserable conditions to win Monday’s Boston Marathon , becoming the first American woman to win the event since 1985. 2018: American Desi Linden wins the # BostonMarathon .

"Honestly at mile 2, 3, 4 I didn’t feel like I was gonna even make it to the finish line," Linden said in an interview after her victory. "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," Linden said. "Helping her helped me and kind of got my legs back from there."

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