A year after her run of BostonMarathon victories came to an end, Tatyana McFadden is back on top. "I knew he was up there".
Kirui, who was bidding to become the first champion to repeat since countryman Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot won his fourth title in 2008, appeared all but certain to prevail after running unchallenged through the Newton hills.
The 31-year-old Kawauchi, known as the citizen runner because he also has a full-time job, overtook Kirui in the closing mile after the Kenyan appeared to have the race in hand, leading by more than a minute at times.
Kirui took second place in 2:18.23 with American Shadrack Biwott third in 2:18:35. Linden, a California native who lives in MI, almost ended the drought in 2011 when she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds during yet another Kenyan sweep.
In 2011, Linden finished second in the women's division, just 2 seconds behind Caroline Kilel.
The University of IL graduate won Monday morning's women's push rim wheelchair race, coming in first with a time of 2 hour, 4 minutes, 39 seconds. Flanagan dropped out of the lead pack to go to a portable toilet. Once Linden took the lead, she never gave it up and became the first American woman to win Boston since 1985.
Linden has been the dominant American runner on the Boston course in this century.