Alysia Montano defends decision to run outdoor track championship while 34 weeks pregnant

Alysia Montano defends decision to run outdoor track championship while 34 weeks pregnant

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Five-time USA national champion. Olympian. World class athlete. Alysia Montano has built impressive credentials in the world of track and field.

But was it right for her to run a meet while pregnant?

When Montano ran the qualifying heat of the 800 meters at yesterday’s United States Track and Field Championships, she wasn’t a little pregnant. She was 34 weeks, and looked as if she could have her baby at any moment. But she received the OK from her doctors to run, and run she did.

Montano finished last in the heat, which is a good thing — you don’t want to be the person in the track and field championships to get beat by the pregnant lady. Afterwards, she defended her decision to run.

Montano finished in 2:32.12 a lot slower than her personal best (1:57.34), and a lot quicker than all those male jocks sitting on bar stools today saying “I would have smoked her.”

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