Desiree Linden was seconds away from winning the Boston Marathon in 2011, and after some setbacks she's trained in Kenya and is ready to end the American drought in Boston, writes Peter Gambaccini.
Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai and Sally Kipyego captured NYC Half Marathon titles, while Olympic medalist Mo Farah overcame a fall to finish second among the men.
The deep women's field assembled in Houston for Saturday's U.S. Olympic marathon trials features Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Davila.
Kenya's Mary Keitany, who ran 2:19:19 to win the London Marathon in April, is the prohibitive favorite to win Sunday's New York City Marathon.
By invalidating Paula Radcliffe's 2:15:25 as a marathon world record, the IAAF is belittling one of the best performances in women's sports history.