Linden in Berlin. 2009.
|Birth name||Desiree Davila|
|Nationality||United States of America|
July 26, 1983|
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Residence||Rochester Hills, Michigan, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)|
|Weight||100 lb (45 kg)|
|Other interests||collecting whiskey and tapestries|
|Event(s)||10,000 meters, Half marathon, Marathon|
|Club||Hansons-Brooks Distance Project|
|Coached by||Kevin Hanson|
|Achievements and titles|
Desiree "Desi" Nicole Linden (née Davila; born July 26, 1983) is an American long-distance runner. She represented the United States in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics women's marathon. In 2018, she won the Boston Marathon, becoming the first American in 33 years to win the woman's category in the event.
Desiree Linden was born in San Diego, California.
In high school Linden ran track and cross country, and played soccer. She ran a sub-5 minute mile as a high school freshman and graduated from Hilltop High School in 2001. At the CIF California State Meet she was a finalist all four years. In both 1998 and 1999 she was 8th in the 1600. 1999 saw her also attempt to double in the 800 meters, finishing last after being depleted from the 1600. In 2000, she improved that to 5th. Her best finish was 4th in 2001 in the 3200. In all but the 800, she was beaten by Sara Bei.
Linden studied psychology at Arizona State University, and was a two time All-American in track and cross country. She finished third at the 2005 Pac-10 5,000m Collegiate Championships (16:59.93).
She now trains with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project in Michigan. She is represented by agent Josh Cox and is sponsored by Timex, Powerbar, and Oakley.
- In the Road Running World Championships 2006 in Debrecen she finished in 43rd place.
- Her first appearance in a marathon was at the 2007 Boston Marathon, where she placed 19th in 2:44:56.
- In the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships in Udine in 34th.
- Linden finished second at the 2008 Houston Half Marathon and ran her personal best time of 1:12:10. This time qualified her for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials.
- At the U.S. Olympic Trials in Boston in 2008, she finished 13th in 2:37:50.
- At the 2008 Chicago Marathon, Linden finished 5th in 2:31:33.
- On August 23, 2009 Linden finished tenth at the IAAF World Championship in the marathon and set a personal record by 3 minutes. Her time of 2:27:53 was the second-fastest American woman.
- She finished second at the 2010 Chicago Marathon, setting a personal record by one minute. Her time of 2:26:20 was the fastest American woman.
- Linden came in third at the 2010 USA Championships 10,000m (32:22.32)
- Linden finished second at the 2011 Boston Marathon by just two seconds and set a personal record by four minutes. Her time of 2:22:38 was then the fastest time ever run by an American woman in the Boston Marathon. After her success in Boston she was invited to throw the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game.
- She finished second in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials January 14, 2012 in Houston, TX with a time of 2:25:55. which qualified her to run the women's marathon at the 2012 London Summer Olympics on August 5, 2012, but did not finish. Her Olympic failure was attributed to a stress fracture of the femur.
- 2013 marked her return to competition, finishing second at the USATF Half Marathon Championships.
- At the 2013 Berlin Marathon, Davilla finished fifth, winning her age group, in 2:29:15. For this accomplishment, she was selected the USATF Athlete of the Week.
- She finished 10th at the 2014 Boston Marathon, in 2:23:54, second fastest American woman, behind Shalane Flanagan at 2:22:02.
- She finished 5th at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon in 2:28:11, the fastest American woman.
- She finished 4th at the 2015 Boston Marathon, in 2:25:39, the fastest American woman.
- Desiree finished 6th in the 10,000 meters in 32:53.50 at 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 25
- She won a silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games 10,000 meters. She led the majority of the race, which set up Brenda Flores to sprint past her on the final straightaway.
- On 13 February 2016, she placed second, behind Amy Hastings, at the US Olympic Marathon Trials, finishing in 2:28:54 on a warm day in Los Angeles.
- On April 30, she placed second, behind Tara Erdmann Welling at the USA Half Marathon Championships, finishing in 1:11:06 in Columbus, Ohio.
- August 14, Linden placed 7th at the Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon in 2:26:08.
- On March 19, she placed 7th at the New York Half Marathon, finishing in 1:11:05.
- On April 17, she finished 4th in the 2017 Boston Marathon, finishing in 2:25:06, with the leader Edna Kiplagat winning in 2:21:52.
- On April 16, she placed 1st in the women's category at the 2018 Boston Marathon, finishing in 2:39:55. She became the first American to win the category in 33 years.
|Outdoor track||5,000 m||15:08.64||August 6, 2011||London, England|
|10,000 m||31:37.14||June 23, 2011||Eugene, Oregon|
|Indoor track||3,000 m||8:51.08||March 12, 2010||Doha, Qatar|
|Road||20 km||1:07.08||March 18, 2012||New York, New York|
|Half marathon||1:10.34||January 16, 2011||Naples, Florida|
|30 km||1:43.50||October 10, 2010||Chicago, Illinois|
|Marathon||2:22:38||April 18, 2011||Boston, Massachusetts|
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- "IAAF: Marathon Result - 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics - iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- California State Meet Results - 1915 to present Retrieved December 29, 2012.
- "State Finals - 2001". www.prepcaltrack.com. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- Arizona State Official Athletic Site: Arizona State University Player Bio: Desiree Davila Arizona State University. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
- 2008 U. S. Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Marathon: Athlete Bios: Desiree Davila Retrieved April 21, 2015.
- "Keflezighi, Flanagan run to victory at U.S. Olympic marathon trials". Sports Illustrated. CNN/AP. January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
- NBC broadcast coverage of the 2012 London Summer Olympics
- 40 BMW Berlin Marathon Retrieved October 9, 2013.
- http://www.usatf.org/News/DESI-DAVILA-NAMED-USATF-ATHLETE-OF-THE-WEEK.aspx Desi Davila named USATF Athlete of the Year] USA Track & Field Retrieved October 9, 2013
- Overall Women TCS New York City Marathon. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
- http://www.baa.org/error-404.aspx?reqUrl=/2015/cf/public/pg_MobileAthleteTrackCurrentLeaders.cfm Retrieved April 20, 2015.[dead link]
- (June 25, 2015), Women 10000 Meter Run SR Retrieved June 26, 2015.
- 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon/Results Retrieved February 18, 2016.
- 2016 U.S. OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon - 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships Results Retrieved June 1, 2016.
- 2016 U.S. Ohio Health Capital City Half Marathon - 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships Results Retrieved June 1, 2016.
- "New York Road Runners Official Race Results". results.nyrr.org. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
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