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Linden lost by two seconds in 2011, when she stopped to help a fellow runner get back into the race. In an interview after the race, Linden said she wasn't feeling well, considered dropping out mid-race and chose to instead try to help Flanagan, a MA native who was vying for a Boston title.

Desi Linden, a two-time Olympian, endured the rain, wind and cold for the biggest victory of her career.

According to WMUR, other notable winners include Yuki Kawauchi of Japan, who won the men's race, and Russian-born Tatyana McFadden from Maryland, who won the women's wheelchair race, also winning this year's women's wheelchair race at the Chicago Marathon.

Kawauchi crossed the finishing line with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 58 seconds. Yesterday was Marathon #Monday, for the 122nd Boston Marathon with 25,746 runners in 49-degree weather, on top of rain and slick roads. Linden clocked in with an unofficial 2:39:53 and made history as the first American woman to win since 1985.

Many of Kawauchi's marathon wins have come in poor weather. Nearly an hour into the race, fellow American runner Shalane Flanagan took a quick detour to use one of the restrooms set up just off the course.

She only signed up for Boston because her younger brother, 24-year-old Ryan Callister, was running it. (Ryan finished in 2:48:20.) Plus she's also a nurse anesthetist who works full-time in Tuscon, Arizona.

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Desi Linden wins rainy Boston Marathon, ends 33-year American title drought

Linden herself was having such a lousy race that she considered quitting after 6 miles before deciding to soldier on. The woman who won the Boston Marathon contemplated quitting the Boston Marathon.

Flanagan, who surprised many when she captured New York City in November, finished in seventh place, almost 20 minutes slower than her New York-winning time.

"I mean, I still can't believed I finished second", Sellers, 26, said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. "I love them for loving me through that", she said. I told her [Flanagan] I said let me understand since I might lose out, when there's anything I can do to assist you.

Actions and behaviors show people who you are.

Even with the short delay, Linden was able to get back on track, and wound up completing the course four minute faster than her nearest competitor. She was afraid that would happen again but carried on for her teammates and even slowed down to wait for one of them while she used the bathroom an hour into the race. Edna Kiplagat won the women's race in 2:21:52 at the age of 37.

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