Olympian Competed in 800-Meter Race While Eight Months Pregnant
Most pregnant women feel like they’ve won the moment they “cross the finish line,” so to speak, and deliver their babies at the end of nine long months, but one mom actually made these ladies look like slackers. She competed in an actual foot race, while eight months along.
NBC Olympic Talk reports that Olympian Alysia Montano, and five-time national champion ran the 800-meter race for the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Sacramento about six weeks before her due date. The runner said she worked with her midwife throughout her training, and was given the go-ahead to compete by her physician.
Although Alysia finished last in her heat, finishing at 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds, 24.38 seconds behind her closest competitor. After the event, Montano told reporters, “I’ve been running through my entire pregnancy, and I felt really, really good during the whole process.”
Nobody was daunted by Alysia’s last place finish. In fact, the race’s spectators felt so good about it, they gave the mom-to-be a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line, looking both adorable and completely badass with a sassy flower in her hair.
Alysia explained her motivation to run, although she knew she wouldn’t make it to the next qualifying round. “More than anything, I wanted to be here, and I’m feeling that fire and that desire to be on the track and to race,” adding, “This is what it looks like to be a professional athlete as a woman.”
She sure seems like a winner to us. Somebody give her a medal!