Marblehead’s Flanagan finishes ninth at 119th Boston Marathon

BOSTON — There isn’t anything holding Shalane Flanagan back from returning to next year’s Boston Marathon. She made it clear a year ago that she’ll continue to run her hometown race until she wins and after yesterday’s finish it would seem as though Flanagan will be back again.

The 33-year-old Marblehead native, who finished the 119th Boston Marathon in ninth place in the women’s elite race with a time of 2:27.47, hasn’t lived in Massachusetts for several years but still considers herself a hometown girl.

“I love you Boston. Thank you for getting me through a tough run. So proud of the Americans, especially Desiree Linden,” Flanagan tweeted after the race.

It was the fifth year in a row that a Kenyan has won the women’s Boston Marahton. This time it was Caroline Rotich, who wore the gold olive wreaths around her head after clocking in at 2:24.55. The winner battled down Boylston

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