Desiree Linden became the first American to win the Boston Marathon women’s race in 33 years as amateur Yuki Kawauchi won the men’s event.

Two-time Olympian Linden who is 33 years old, crossed the line in two hours 39 minutes 54 seconds in wet conditions. Lisa Larsen Weidenbach had been the last American woman to win the Boston Marathon, in 1985. Kawauchi – the first Japanese man to win in Boston since 1987 – finished in 2:15:58. The 31-year-old finished ninth at the World Championships in London last year, having risen to prominence after finishing third at the 2011 Tokyo Marathon.