Kawauchi, Linden win landmark Boston Marathon titles

Joseph D. Sullivan for The Boston Globe
Alex Schneider and Jamie Schneider

Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to a Boston Marathon victory on Monday, the first American woman to win the race since 1985. My hands were freezing.

"It was brutal", Linden said of the race in a press conference yesterday afternoon.

"I thought it was pretty cool", Lillard said. "Then you break the tape and you're like, 'This is not what I expected today"'.

Sellers crossed the finish line in second place at the prestigious 26.2-mile race, in rain-soaked conditions, as a virtual unknown.

Japan's Yuki Kawauchi was the surprise men's victor in 2:10:46, running down defending champion Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya in the final 2 miles; Americans Shadrack Biwott (2:18:35) and Tyler Pennel (2:19:52) were third and fourth.

The victor of the 122nd Boston Marathon was Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi (2:15:58).

The 36-year-old Marblehead native - defending New York City Marathon women's champion - finished seventh among the elite female athletes at Monday's 122nd running of the Boston Marathon. While the times were slow, the conditions gave us two unlikely winners in a sport that is often dominated by the same ruling class. "I was just trying to do what I could do".

No celebrations were being planned at the school, Mitsui said, in keeping with Kawauchi's low-key approach to his running.His training is done outside working hours, and he competes in races on weekends."Generally he has kept his work and marathon separate". "Kudos to them because everyone worked extremely hard to get here, and I feel like an outsider because its my second race, and I have no credentials", she said, "but they've all been so supportive and that was really cool". "You can't put your brakes on right away, so you had to be tedious on the turns. I'm happy to block the wind, whatever it may be". When she crossed it, becoming the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years, she covered her face, seemingly in disbelief. But at race's end, times and numbers were the last things on her mind. "That sprint battle is not super fun".

After finishing seventh Monday, she says she's done now, though she'll probably return to run Boston in a charity capacity, as 2014 men's victor Meb Keflezighi did this year for the Martin Richard Foundation. Medical personnel helped Thomas take off her wet clothes and wrapped her in a mylar blanket to raise her temperature. "I passed other women and was unsure of who was in front of me and who was dropping out". She said didn't believe it when she was told she had finished second, or that she earned $75,000. "It was a calculated decision", she says.

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