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Boston Marathon weather was perfect storm for Desiree Linden

Desiree Linden thought she did everything right to prepare for last year's Boston Marathon: the training, the nutrition, the strategy, even how she slept.

She finished fourth.

And she didn't know what she could have done better.

"Everyone is looking for that 1 percent. I did that last year," Linden said Tuesday, a day after overcoming headwinds and an icy rain to become the first American woman to win the race in 33 years. "Apparently, my 1 percent was the weather."

Slogging through a torrential downpour, with temperatures in the 30s and a near-gale gusts that blew the rain into the runners' faces, Linden made up her mind to drop out...