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Kawauchi and Linden record shock wins in Boston Marathon

(Reuters) – Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi and America’s Desiree Linden scored stunning victories in a wet and windy Boston Marathon on Monday.

Desiree Linden of the U.S. crosses the finish line to win the women’s division of the 122nd Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Kawauchi ran down defending champion Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya in an unofficial two hours, 15 minutes and 54 seconds. He is the first Japanese man to win the event since 1987.

Kirui took second place.

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Linden ended a 33-year drought for American women to prevail in 2:39.54 as runners, many clad in rain tops, endured heavy rain and temperatures in the 40s (4C).

An American woman had not won the historic race since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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