This Latina Olympic Athlete Won The Boston Marathon Ending The 33-Year Long American Drought

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Desiree Linden won this year’s Boston Marathon, making her the first American female to win the storied race since 1985. The 34-year-old runner finished the 26.2-mile race with a time of 2:39:54. The weather conditions were frigid and it rained throughout the race. She told reporters afterwards that she almost didn’t make it to the end.

“Early on in the race I was feeling horrible,” Desiree said in a news conference. Desiree also said that she told fellow runner Shalane Flanagan that she might “drop out.” “If you need something, block the wind, whatever, let me know,” Linden recalls her words to Flanagan.

Right after the race, Linden said she was thrilled about winning, but was very exhausted. “I left it all out there,” Desiree said.

Desiree has been competing in the Boston Marathon on and off since 2007.

According to Yahoo Sports, Desiree has been always been a top ten finalist at the Boston Marathon, but never cleared it to the top until now. In 2011, she missed the top prize by two seconds.

This is the first time an American has won the women’s competition of the Boston Marathon since 1985.

This year, in the men’s category Yuki Kawauchi from Japan. Before that American Meb Keflezighi won in 2014, but prior to that, an American male hadn’t won the race since 1983.

In the women’s category, women from Kenya and Ethiopia have been dominating the iconic race.

Desiree has been a long distance runner since her high school days in Chula Vista.

In 2012, she was part of a small group of Latinos to compete in the London Olympics. And in 2016, she was only one of two Latinas at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics track and field team.

Desiree says her husband, also a marathon runner, Ryan Linden is one of her biggest supporters.

Desiree — who’s surname was formally Davila — said she wasn’t sure if her husband would be there or watching the race on TV somewhere. But he did not let her down and was there at the finish line to celebrate her victory.


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