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Desi Linden shows incredible sportsmanship in winning Boston Marathon

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 4/16/2018 Roxanna Scott

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Miles before Desi Linden made history by winning the Boston Marathon, she didn't think she'd even finish the 26.2-mile race. 

RELATED:  Linden is first US woman to win Boston Marathon in 33 years

So she was more than willing to help Shalane Flanagan, her friend and competitor, try to win. 

When Flanagan, the 2017 New York Marathon champion, darted into a Porta Potty just a couple miles into the race, Linden decided she'd slow up, wait for Flanagan and help her catch the lead pack. 

"Honestly at mile 2, 3, 4 I didn’t feel like I was gonna even make it to the finish line," Linden said in an interview after her victory. "I told her (Flanagan) in the race, I said if there’s anything I can do to help you out, let me know because I might just drop out.

"When you work together you never know what's going to happen," Linden said. "Helping her helped me and kind of got my legs back from there."

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