Ex-Illini McFadden wins Boston Marathon wheelchair race

Hope Soto
April 17, 2018

Linden, who was the runner-up at the 2011 Boston Marathon with a personal-best time of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 38 seconds, said she felt like she was struggling to keep up with the leaders.

"By about Thursday I realized that (2:39) probably wasn't going to happen", said the 31-year-old. I'd have to say, 'Well, it's not because the Americans can't win, it's not because we're not capable.' Then you'd have to explain the whole drug (doping) scene, why Americans aren't winning.

Linden, who finished in 2:39:55, fought through cold, wet weather to win the event with a time that was more than 14 minutes slower than her finishing time previous year at the Boston Marathon, when she placed fourth.

For the first time in 33 years, an American woman has won the famed Boston Marathon.

Canadian Reid Coolsaet had a strong finish, placing ninth overall in 2:25:02. Japan's Yuki Kawauchi shocked the world when, with just one mile to go, he pushed past a struggling Geoffrey Kirui to cross the finish line in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 58 seconds.

“For me, its the best conditions possible, ” said Kawauchi, who competed in 12 marathons a year ago — six times the usual number for an elite runner — and also works as a school administrator. Her time did that, and she'll run again if she's accepted.

For the fourth year in a row, Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men's push rim wheelchair division, while American Tatyana McFadden won the women's push rim wheelchair division for the fifth time.

"I just told myself to relax and not panic", Biwott said.

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"I'm super competitive and needed something to fill that void", Parker said. The wet roads made it treacherous to turn and impossible to stop. "Everything was flawless on a really rotten day", she said.

A marathon runner from St. Louis is looking for the generous spectator who gave him her jacket and encouraged him to complete the race. But her winning time of 2:39.54 was the slowest the race has seen in 40 years. Rather, it may have taken eventual the eventual winner's mind off things and allowed her to relax more heading down the stretch. But I thought he said 18th place. “That sprint battle is not super fun. "It was nice to get it right down Boylston this time, that's for sure". "Today it was bigger than one person, it was really all of us pushing each other", Linden told WBZ-TV's Louisa Moller.

Linden was running in a pack with fellow American Shalane Flanagan, the defending New York City Marathon champion.

She also wanted to contribute to the community in recognition of all the help she received from parents, coaches and neighbors.

Blake also said that Sellers has been waking up at 4 a.m.so she could do practice runs before work. In Rio de Jainero in 2016, she finished 10th.

Sarah Sellers, formerly of Weber State University, finished second on the Boston Marathon.

The top two women finishers in the 2018 Boston Marathon were unique, if not unprecedented.

“Some of the women I was passing, I was in complete disbelief, ” Sellers said.

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