BOSTON (CBS) – Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan finished her first Boston Marathon in fourth place.
Fighting back tears at the finish line, Flanagan told WBZ-TV that her 2:27:08 time wasn’t the ending she had hoped for.
“What we all dream about as athletes is winning and Kara and I really wanted to win this for everyone, especially people who have supported me here,” Flanagan said. “I really wanted to thank them and I was hoping a laurel wreath was the way to thank them.”
Fellow American Kara Goucher finished in sixth place with a time of 2:28:11.
Flanagan said as a competitor and fighter, it was hard for her to watch the top three finishers pass her.
“It’s a game of chess,” Flanagan said. “In the Boston Marathon, it’s not the fastest time.”