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Alysia Montano, 8 Months Pregnant, Competes in US Track and Field Meet

By    |   Friday, 27 Jun 2014 10:50 AM

Alysia Montano, Olympian middle distance runner, ran the 800 meters Thursday in the U.S. Track and Field Championships and finished in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds, despite being 34 weeks pregnant.

"I've been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process," Montano told reporters after the qualifying heat, according to The Associated Press.

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That the 28-year-old former University of California star finished last in her heat didn't matter one bit to the crowd gathered at Hornet Stadium. Trailing the lead pack by more than 120 meters for most of the race, Montano received a rousing ovation as she finished her first lap and the cheering grew louder when she finally crossed the finish line.



"I just didn't want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800," said Montano, the 800 national champion the past four years.

She was never close to being lapped, taking a nice relaxed pace from the start and maintaining it throughout.

That was according to the plan Montano laid out after consulting with her physician. Not only did doctors give Montano the OK to run, they encouraged her.

"That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy," she said. "What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby . . . I did all the things I normally do . . . I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year."




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Alysia Montano, Olympian middle distance runner, ran the 800 meters Thursday in the U.S. Track and Field Championships and finished in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds, despite being 34 weeks pregnant.
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