Desiree Linden won the women’s division of the 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday with an unofficial time of 2:39:54, becoming the first American woman to win since 1985.
Fans were pumped to see an American take home the title, especially after Linden waited mid-race while fellow American Shalane Flanagan took a bathroom break.
In record cold temps, Desi Linden’s #Bostonmarathon:
-Waited back for her countrywoman, Shalane Flanagan to take a bathroom break
-Caught back up to the pack
-Won the race in an unofficial time of 2:39:54, becoming the first American woman to win since 1985.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) April 16, 2018
Desiree Linden makes marathon history and wins Boston, becoming the first American woman to win in 33 years. Compromising her pace and dropping back to help Flanagan mid-race and still being able to chase down Daska and Chesir during her sixth attempt at a title is phenomenal. pic.twitter.com/dKLNtHgzIR
— Kristina C. (@kecrtz) April 16, 2018
Desiree Linden 2020
— Jason Fitzgerald (@JasonFitz1) April 16, 2018
Some may have even cried a little bit, if their tweets are to be believed.
— Hannah Riley (@hannahcrileyy) April 16, 2018
— Aliya Reich (@aliyareich) April 16, 2018
Others were moved to tears not only by Linden’s win, but by her husband’s reaction to her victory.
— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) April 16, 2018
— CarolineMarducus (@marducus) April 16, 2018
I had goosebumps watching Desi Linden win that #BostonMarathon, but seeing her husband’s reaction while he watched brought tears to my eyes. Incredible.
— Kelcey Buck (@kelceyz) April 16, 2018
Even Ellen DeGeneres was impressed.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 16, 2018
Basically, everyone is pretty emotional right now.