There was little surprise when two-time Olympian, Desiree Linden, clinched the women's winning title and made history in the process as the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985, but it was the runner-up who stole the limelight Monday.
Chichester, who resides in Brooklyn as a nurse practitioner, finished as the No. 4 USA woman after Desiree Liden of MI became the first American to win the women's division since 1985. Linden, 34, finished in 2:39.54, more than four minutes ahead of fellow American Sarah Sellers, a virtual unknown entering the race whose second-place finish was more surprising to running enthusiasts than Linden's emotional win.
Wearing a white windbreaker that was drenched and billowing in the wind, Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line in second, 2:25 back, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other US men.
The combination of the wind and rain made conditions hard, and it was the coldest Boston Marathon in 30 years. Kawauchi was loving the cold, though.
"I honestly had no expectations in terms of finishing time in those conditions", said Utah runner Sarah Sellers.
Analysts applauded Linden for displaying huge sportsmanship - especially in a race that practically every professional distance runner dreams of winning and while running amid unusually harsh weather conditions. There's certainly no shame in a top-5 finish at the one of the world's toughest distance races, but Linden's disappointment was tinged with fatigue.
"I hated everything about running", she'd later tell Runner's World.
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Linden said her desire to run the course in Boston was the reason she started running marathons. She earned Big Sky All-Conference honors 15 times and was twice named Weber State Female Athlete of the Year.
Linden wasn't always looking for a second wind; she wanted to maximize performance while she was exhausted.
"Yeah, I'm in shock about that", she said.
At the Kuki High School in Saitama, where Kawauchi works, officials said he had been in touch - to ask for an extra day off to attend functions. Since she also has a full-time job, training either happens at 8 p.m. or 4 a.m. "I've always said the 2014 race was epic, and it was, for obvious reasons". In November, other elite runners lined up for the New York City Marathon.
MI resident and Team USA member, Desiree Linden made history when she completed the women's race in front of the pack.
"If somebody told me I was going to finish the marathon last and that I would be happy about it, I wouldn't have believed you", Shertenlieb said. They finished the race with stellar times. "I think it's going to fully hit me in a couple of days".