San Diego native Desiree Linden wins 2018 Boston Marathon

(KGTV) - Chula Vista native Desiree Linden fought through inclement weather to win the 2018 Boston Marathon Monday, becoming the first American since 1985 to finish first in the race.

The 34-year-old runner finished the rainy and cold 26.2-mile race in 2:39:54 -- just over four minutes ahead of second-place finisher and fellow American Sarah Sellers.

Linden previously finished second at the Boston Marathon in 2011 and then fourth in 2014. She also had a 7th place marathon finish at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Before Monday’s win, Linden had never won a full marathon race.

Linden's time is the slowest for a women's winner since 1978, according to marathon officials.

Linden is a 2001 graduate of Chula Vista’s Hilltop High School and earned All-American honors while attending Arizona State University.

San Diego native and fellow Boston Marathon competitor Meb Keflezighi took to Twitter to congratulate Linden following the race. 

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