On April 16, the 122nd Boston Marathon, one of the oldest and most prestigious marathons in the world, was held in Boston. It was first held in 1897 and has since been held annually. This time, the weather hindered the athletes: a gale and heavy rain became a complete surprise for athletes.
Among women, the best time was shown by American Desiree Linden - 2:39:54. She became the first American since 1985 to win a marathon in Boston.
In 2011, Linden was already close to winning this race: then she finished just 2 seconds later than the winner. This time, the second in women, after almost 5 minutes, finished another American Sarah Sellers (2:44:05), the third was Canadian Krista Duchenne (2:44:20).
For the first time since 1987, the Japanese won the men: Yuki Kawauchi crossed finish first with a score of 2:15:58. The second place was taken by Kenyan Joffrey Kirui (2:18:21), the third - American Shadrack Beavott (2:18:32).
Because of the bad weather, there was no talk of records: Desiree Linden's result was the worst for the track since 1978.
The men's track record, 2:03:02, set in 2011 by Kenyan Joffrey Mutai, is almost 13 minutes less than the time this year’s winner.