The sixth time is the best time for distance runner Desiree Linden.
Linden crossed the finish line first in her sixth Boston Marathon race. The former Arizona State distance runner won the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:39.54. She is the first American woman to win the prestigious race in 33 years.
“It’s supposed to be hard,” the two-time Olympian said, via the Associated Press. “It’s good to get it done.”
Good it was for Linden. She was the runner-up in last year’s race.
🚨 HISTORY 🚨
— Sun Devil TFXC (@SunDevilTFXC) April 16, 2018
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) April 16, 2018
— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 16, 2018
“I feel like I said I’d like to win in 2011 and no one really cared. In 2015, I said it again. No one really cared. I’ll keep saying it whether people are paying attention or not.”@SunDevilTFXC alum and latest @bostonmarathon champ @des_linden has all your #MondayMotivation. pic.twitter.com/45AyFWMUcu
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) April 16, 2018
A U.S. woman hasn’t won the Boston Marathon since 1985. Linden’s time is the slowest winning finish in 40 years.