For the first time since 1990, was there Monday after the Boston marathon no African athlete on the highest podiumtrapje. The 122e edition of one of the world’s oldest marathons, the men won by the Japanese, Yuki Kawauchi, and in women, by the American Desi Linden.
Yuki Kawauchi won the through the cold and rain plagued race in 2u15:58. The Kenyan runner Geoffrey Kirui was at 2:25 second, the American Shadrack Biwott at 2:37 third. The 31-year-old Kawauchi is the first Japanese winner at Boston since Toshihiko Seko in 1981. The previous not in African-born winner was the South Korean Lee Bong-Ju in 2001. In 2014 won the American Meb Keflezighi, but who saw in Eritrea the light of day.
The 34-year-old Desi Linden kept in 2u39:54 her compatriot Sarah Sellers (2u44:04) and the Canadian Krista Duchene (2u44:20). She is the first American on the hall of fame since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985, and the first non-African since the German Uta Pippig in 1994. In 2011, Linden as very close to the victory in Boston. Then stranded them in two seconds. The year before, grabbed them in Chicago even though just next to a first major victory.