The first American woman since 1985 won the Boston Marathon on Monday.
At the beginning of her Boston Marathon race, Desiree Linden was not sure if she had enough to make it to the finish line.
Marcel Hug of Switzerland notched his fifth win in the men's wheelchair division, while American woman Tatyana McFadden also won her fifth title.
"I'm thrilled. I'm exhausted". Although the marathon was won by Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi (2:10:46), Americans Shadrack Biwott (2:18:35) and Tyler Pennel (2:19:52) ranked in third and fourth, respectively.
Although her winning time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds was the slowest winning time since 1978, Linden had to beat out the field in very tough conditions that included cold temperatures and heavy rain throughout. She also was second at the US Olympic Marathon trials in 2012 and 2016.
"For me, it's the best conditions possible", Kawauchi said with a wide smile through an interpreter. She finished second in 2011.
Hometown favorite Shalane Flanagan, a four-time Olympian and the reigning New York City Marathon champion, finished sixth after popping into a course-side portable toilet before the halfway point and falling behind the lead pack. "When you work together, you never know what's going to happen", Linden said of her pit stop with Flanagan, which ended up motivating her to get back into the race.
It was a nasty day to run 26.2 miles through Boston.
Lisa Larsen Weidenbach's 1985 victory was the last for an American woman - before the race began offering prize money that lured the top global competitors to the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.
Flanagan finished seventh, one of seven American women finishing in the top eight.