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Heavily pregnant runner finishes 800m at US meet

She already has a great story to tell her first child.

Nearly eight months pregnant, Alysia Montano ran the 800m on Thursday in the US track and field championships in Sacramento.

The five-time national champion finished last, but that was small matter for the 28-year-old, ESPN reported.

The former University of California star finished in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds — nearly 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34 in 2010 in Monaco.

Winning was far from her mind.

Montano running in the opening round

Montano running in the opening round

She received a rousing ovation as she finished her first lap.

The cheering only grew louder as she crossed the finish line.

She said after the qualifying heat: “I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process.”

She said she ran because she wanted to show that women “can be fit while pregnant, continue their career and pursue having a family”, AFP reported.

Montano told The Guardian: “That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy.

“What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mum 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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Source: ESPN, AFP, The Guardian

 

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