Boston Marathon 2018 Results: Japan's Yuki Kawauchi Wins Men's Race

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2018

Yuki Kawauchi, of Japan, celebrates after winning the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Boston. He is the first Japanese man to win the race since 1987. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Japan's Yuki Kawauchi won a rainy and cold men's Boston Marathon on Monday with a time of 2:15:58.

"For me, these are the best conditions possible," Kawauchi said of the whipping winds, chilly temperatures and rain, per the event's Twitter account.

WBZ CBS Boston News shared video of Kawauchi at the finish line:

Kawauchi became the first Japanese man to win the event since Toshihiko Seko in 1987, per Jill Martin of CNN.com. It was his fourth victory this year alone, according to Malika Andrews of the New York Times.

The marathon released the top 10 finishers on the men's side: 

Kawauchi never seemed bothered by the wintry conditions, perhaps because he's suffered through adverse weather before. As Chris Chavez of Sports Illustrated noted: "People forget he ran 2:18:59 in temperatures below five degrees in January. Gotta love the guts."

Kawauchi, who has now won five consecutive marathons, didn't undersell the achievement.

"This is the greatest day of my life," he said through tears, per the AFP. "This is Boston. This is the greatest race in the world."

It was a historic day at the Boston Marathon as Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the event since 1985.

"I love this city, this race, this course. It's storybook. I'm thrilled to be here and to get it done," Linden said, per the AFP. "This is a race the entire city cares about. Even on a day like today when it's pretty miserable, the people show up and embrace the race."

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