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Team USA marathon runner on her Rio redemption: 'I hope we inspire a lot of runners out there'




Desiree Linden at the 2016 Olympic trials in LA.
Desiree Linden at the 2016 Olympic trials in LA.
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Leading up to the Rio Olympics, we've been following the journey of one Team USA athlete: Desiree Linden.

She hails from Southern California and ran for Team USA at the women's marathon event in London at the 2012 games and in Rio Sunday. Linden placed seventh, crossing the finish line in an impressive 2:26:08.

It was a pretty close race: the first, second and third place runners finished within thirty seconds of each other. Linden finished about two minutes behind the first place finisher. Her teammates Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan placed sixth and ninth, making Team USA's effort the strongest showing from any country at the event.

For more, Desiree Linden spoke to Take Two host A Martinez from Rio.

To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above.