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Clarksville's Tatyana McFadden says she played to her strengths in winning this year's Boston Marathon.
"My weakness, I think everyone knows, is going downhill," she told reporters Monday afternoon. "My strength is definitely on the flats and climing."
"I'm an oddball -- I really enjoy climbing."
McFadden mentioned that her high school time on the east coast helped prepare her for the Boston landscape.
12:17Women's official results are up:
1.) Rita Jeptoo (KEN) at 2:26:25,
2.) Meseret Hailu (ETH) at 2:26.58 and
3.) Sharon Cherop (KEN) in 2:27.01
4.) Shalane Flanagan (USA) 2:27:08
On the men's side, top American competitor Jason Hartmann repeated his fourth-place finish, two spots behind winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia. Desisa's unofficial finish time of 2:10:22 is roughly seven minutes slower than the course record.
As the female elite runners race through the streets of Boston toward their final mile, Anna Felix continues to lead, with her 23-mile split of 20:9:46 just announced by organizers. American Shalane Flanagan has moved back to fifth place as the back moves up on Felix.
Women's wheel winner Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville told WBZ in Boston that she at first struggled in what she called "a really tough race."
"It took me almost half the marathon to catch the lead pack," she told the station.
"The race is not over until you get over the line."
The Boston Rookie said that fan support at heartbreak hill was key.