For the first time in 33 years, an American woman has claimed victory at the Boston Marathon.
Desiree Linden took the lead around the 35-kilometer mark and did not look back, capturing her first major marathon win by a 4-minute, 11-second margin as she crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. It was the slowest winning time in 40 years.
“I don’t have the right words,” she said afterward. “I’m thrilled . . . It's good to get it done.”
Meanwhile, Yuki Kawauchi of Japan completed a wild come-from-behind win, overtaking defending champion Geoffrey Kirui and his 1-minute-31-second lead at the 25.2-mile mark. Kawauchi finished in 2:15:54.
“I never gave up, I knew he was up there, I could see him,” Kawauchi said afterward through a translater. “I ran my own race . . . and ran him down.
Kawauchi said that despite the cold, rain, and wind, it was ideal conditions for him.
“It’s the best crowd support I’ve had anywhere in the world,” he said. “Thank you, Boston.”
Earlier, Tatyana Mcfadden won her fifth women’s push rim race here in Boston, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 39 seconds and capturing a record-setting 22nd Abbott World Marathon Major victory.
It was the slowest winning time in 30 years.
“I am so happy and so overwhelmed today,” she said afterward. “I knew today was going to be tough, I started out comfortably . . . but I just kept hammering and kept consistent speed. I was really patient with myself.”
As Waves 3 and 4 got off to a rolling start in Hopkinton, Marcel Hug won the men’s push rim race with the slowest time in 31 years at 1:46:26.
“It was so tough, it was so freezing,” Hug said afterward of the cold, wet, and windy conditions.
When the mobility impaired athletes left Hopkinton at 8:40 a.m., it was 37 degrees, the coldest start in 30 years, race organizers said.
The race is televised in Boston on Channel 4 (WBZ) or nationally on NBC Sports Network. It is also available on live streams on those stations’ websites.
A feed of updates is below.
Eric Moskowitz of the Globe staff contributed to this report.