Yuki Kawauchi, who became the first Japanese in 31 years to win the prestigious Boston Marathon Monday, said in a post-race press conference it was the miserable weather conditions that gave him an edge. Sarah Sellers, a 26-year-old, finished with a final time of 2:44:04, trailing only Desiree Linden, a two-time Olympian.
Kokomo runners in the field included Ronnie Greene, 68, Jeffery Cardwell, 60, and Richard Deyo, 65. That time placed her 4613th overall and 575th amongst females.
Runners had to deal with rough conditions that included a drenching rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and gusts of up to 32 miles per hour. The first, in Utah, she won to qualify for the prestigious Boston event.
"I think we all had to realize we had to get outside ourselves and work together to survive the conditions", she added. Defending champions Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat finished second and ninth but were the only Kenyans to crack the top 10 in their races - the country's worst performance in decades.
While Sarah is new to the world of marathons (the Boston was only her second), she's not new to running.
"I can't lie' it was a very unsatisfying race", she said.
"I was at one point so delirious I thought there must be some medical emergency with me because I'm running so slow but there's all these cars around me, I can't be winning", Linden said. She also admitted what she said to fellow runner, Shalane Flanagan: "I might drop out today, if you need something, block the wind, whatever, just let me know". They said they're never run in such disgusting weather, but it was all forgotten when they saw the finish line.
The weather didn't stop people from crowding the marathon course in Boston. Boston was Kawauchi's fourth marathon - and fourth win - this year, The New York Times reports.
Elite competitors began in rain coverings and at a slow pace in the coldest start since 1988 at 38 degrees (3.3 Celsius) with rain often blowing into runners' faces. "I was just lucky to get it done". Both women were struggling to fight through the weather, and Flanagan made a decision to jolt off course into a port-a-potty - only to return to the pack about 14 seconds later, with Linden by her side.
American Desiree Linden, a two-time Olympian, blew away her rivals, ending the 33-year US drought in that race.