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Kawauchi wins Boston Marathon; Linden tops women runners

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It seems fitting that a rainy Boston Marathon would lead to the end of a couple of droughts.

Yuki Kawauchi (YOO'-kee ka-wa-OO'-chee) overtook Geoffrey Kirui (JOFF'-ree KEY'-roo-ee) in the final mile to become the first Japanese man in 31 years to win the prestigious race. And Desiree Linden is the first American since 1985 to finish first among the women.

Kawauchi crossed the finish line in a time of two hours, 15 minutes and 58 seconds after splashing through the pelting rain and braving temperatures in the mid-30s with wind gusts as high as 32 mph. He finished two minutes, 25 seconds ahead of Kirui.

The winning time was the slowest since Jack Fultz overcame temperatures in the high 90s to win the "Run for the Hoses" in 1976.

Linden pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill and ran alone through Brookline to finish in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That's the slowest time for a women's winner since 1978.

The two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up finished more than four minutes faster than the second-place finisher, American Sarah Sellers.

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