Desiree Linden becomes first American woman to win Boston Marathon since 1985

Two-time Olympian Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the BostonMarathon in 33 years on Monday when she broke the tape at the finish line with a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds.

Linden, 34, won with a time more than 14 minutes slower than her previous two races, but course conditions were not conducive to personal- or course-record performances.

Fellow American Sarah Sellers was second, 4:10 behind Linden.

"I don't have the right words. I'm thrilled," Linden said on the TV broadcast immediately after the race. "It's supposed to be hard. ... I was just lucky to get it done."

Linden finished second in 2011 with a time of 2:22:38.

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Apr 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Desiree Linden (USA) during the 2018 Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Desiree Linden (USA) during the 2018 Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Desiree Linden crosses the finish line of the 2018 Boston Marathon winning the women's division. Linden was the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Desiree Linden celebrates after crossing the finish line of the 2018 Boston Marathon winning the women's division. Linden was the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16: 2018 Boston Marathon women winner Desiree Linden celebrates with the trophy at the ceremony after the finish line on April 16, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16: Desiree Linden of the United States poses for a photo after winning the women's division of the 122nd Boston Marathon, April 16, 2018. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16: 2018 Boston Marathon women's winner Desiree Linden celebrates on Boylston Street after she crosses the finish line on April 16, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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In the men's 26.2-mile race, Japanese amateur Yuki Kawauchi won in 2:15:58, his first majormarathon victory. Kawauchi is known in the running community but works full time for the government in Japan and is without sponsorship. He is not regularly viewed as an "elite" marathonrunner.

Kawauchi, 31, appeared stunned and emotional at the finish line. While he is a seasoned runner with more than 80 marathon finishes in his career, Monday's time in Boston adds to his record number of 2:20-and-under marathon finishes.

The temperate Monday morning at the start line was announced at 30 degrees and rain fell throughout the race, often heavily, to make for a slower overall pace.

"For me, these are the best conditions possible," Kawauchi said after the race.

The last Japanese man to win the Boston Marathon was Toshihiko Seko in 1987. Kawauchi is the ninth Japanese male to win Boston.

Kawauchi is dubbed a "Citizen Runner" and holds the world record for the fastest marathon in a full business suit and the top time wearing a panda costume.

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Arthur Roth crosses the finish line to win the 1916 Boston Marathon.
(Original Caption) Filed 4/20/1931-Framingham, MA. Clarence De Mar at Framingham during the 26 mile American Marathon from Hopkinton to Boston.
BOSTON - APRIL 19: Suh Yun-bok, 24, of South Korea, crosses the finish line, setting a new record in the B.A.A. Patriots' Day Marathon. Note his untied shoelace. Suh ran the lat 13 miles with the loose lace. (Photo by Charles McCormick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) A Win and Place Embrace After Boston Marathon. Boston, Mass.: Japan's Hideo Hamamura (left), who won the Boston Marathon yesterday in record time, and Finland's Eino A. Pulkkinen, the runner-up, engage in a hug and display their ivories at the end of the 26-mile, 385-yard classic. Hamamura set a new record of 18 minutes and 22 seconds for the event, clipping 29 seconds from the record set by his fellow-countryman Keizo Yamada two years ago.
BOSTON - APRIL 11: John J. Kelley places second in the 1956 Boston Marathon. (Photo by Paul J. Maguire/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 19: Kathrine Switzer, of Syracuse, N.Y., center, was spotted early in the Boston Marathon by Jock Semple, center right, who tried to rip the number off her shirt and remove her from the race. Switzer's friends intervened, allowing her to make her getaway to become the first woman to 'officially' run the Boston Marathon on April 19, 1967. (Paul Connell/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
ASHLAND, MA - APRIL 15: Kathy Switzer, of New York, makes her way through Ashland, Mass. while running in the Boston Marathon on April 15, 1974. (Photo by Frank O'Brien/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 21: Bill Rodgers wins the Boston Marathon. (Photo by Frank O'Brien/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 19: The start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., on April 19, 1976. (Photo by Frank O'Brien/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 21: Rosie Ruiz is shown moments after crossing the finish line as the apparent women's race winner of the 84th Boston Marathon on April 21, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts. Ruiz was later stripped of her race title after it was determined she had not run the entire race. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) April 19, 1982 - Boston: Alberto Salazar (left) of Wayland, MA, wearing the victor's laurel wreath, holds up arm of second place finisher Dick Beardsley (right) of Rush City, Minn., on award stand. Salazar won the 86th Boston Marathon in official course record of 2:08.51, smashing the Boston record of 2:09.26 set by Toshihiko Seto in 1981. Mass. Govenor Edward J. King (center rear) and Boston Marathon race director Will Cloney (right rear).
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Joan Benoit crosses the finish line at the 87th Boston Marathon on April 18, 1983. (Photo by William Ryerson/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: A wheelchair competitor slipped on wet pavement and overturned at the start of the 91st Boston Marathon in Boston on April 20, 1987. The competitor was not hurt and continued the race. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FRAMINGHAM, MA - APRIL 17: Men sprint by spectators in Framingham near the 7-mile mark. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
21 Apr 1997: Lameck Aguta celebrates winning the Boston Marathon in Natick, Massachusetts. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman /Allsport
BOSTON - APRIL 21: Runner #1372 at the finish line. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
21 Apr 1997: Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia celebrates winning the Boston Marathon in Natick, Massachusetts. Her time was 2:26:23. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman /Allsport
20 Apr 1998: A general view of runners competing during the 102nd Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts.
NEWTON, MA - APRIL 16: Marathoners Aaron Holley of Washington DC, left and Denis Newman, right, make their way up heartbreak hill. (Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEWTON, MA - APRIL 19: Boston Marathon women's winner (No. F1) Catherine Ndereba, left, and second place women's finisher (No. F3) Elfenesh Alemu are all alone as they climb Heartbreak Hill. (Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Caroline Kilel #8 of Kenya runs past Desiree Davila #15 of the United States to win the women's division of the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Geoffrey Mutai #2 of Kenya wins the men's division of the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 21: Meb Keflezighi, of the United States, holds up an American flag at the finish line and wears his crown and medal during his victory ceremony after finishing first place in the men's race of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)(metro)
NEWTON, MA - APRIL 17: Runners pass through an open fire hydrant spraying water on Heartbreak Hill on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, MA during the 121st running of the Boston Marathon on Apr. 17, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Runners make their way toward the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon in Boston on Apr. 17, 2017. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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