Linden, a California native who lives in MI, almost ended the drought in 2011 when she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds during yet another Kenyan sweep.
Although her winning time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds was the slowest winning time since 1978, Linden had to beat out the field in very tough conditions that included cold temperatures and heavy rain throughout.
"For me, these are the best conditions possible", he told the AP.
Flanagan was even quoted to have said she wanted to win the 2018 Boston marathon "so badly" that she had to resort to reverse psychology in order to maintain focus. Shortly after Flanagan's win at the New York City Marathon, where she became the first American woman in 40 years to break the tape, Linden tweeted her congratulations: "In tears".
Linden saw Flanagan making an emergency break (the athlete darted into a portable toilet) and made a decision to slow down and make sure her friend and competitor was alright. It's also the first marathon win of the 34-year-old's career.
When the national anthem played after she won, Linden said she mentally replayed the scenario when she was just six miles in.
As for herself, Flanagan was reportedly unsure she would even finish the Boston Marathon.
Lisa Larsen Weidenbach's 1985 victory was the last for an American woman - before the race began offering prize money that lured the top worldwide competitors to the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.
"It's storybook", the victor of the 2018 Boston Marathon added. In fact, she won by 4 minutes and 10 seconds.
According to ESPN, Linden's time was the slowest time for a women's victor since 1978. but a win is a win. American Shadrack Biwott was third.
Flanagan finished seventh, one of seven American women finishing in the top eight.