Sunday, June 29, 2014


Incredible: Alysia Montano, 34 weeks pregnant, competes in the 800m at the US Track and Field Championships

There was a time Super Falcons of Nigeria former goalkeeper, Ann Chiejine played through the Africa Women Championship in the year 2000 pregnant.

The finals between Nigeria and South Africa was very intense as the atmosphere was charged both on the pitch and on the stands with fans behind the Bayana Bayana of South Africa. Chiejine was feeling the heat as she made some very vital unbelievable save to make Nigeria win their second AWC title despite being three months gone

Now, the same played out recently, albeit, in athletic, wherein a  lady ran 800 metres, very pregnant, with her big belly, about 7 months pregnant, unlike Chijiene  who was about 3 month then.

Alysia Montano ran the 800 metres at the US Track and Field Championships on Thursday, despite being 34 weeks pregnant.

                       Due date: Montano is almost at the end of her her third trimester, but is still happy to compete
Montano, who is five-time national champion finished in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds in the qualifying rounds, only seven weeks before she's scheduled to give birth to her first child.

The fact that 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.
                                                  All smiles: Despite carrying an extra passenger round with her, Montano looked like she was enjoying herself
Montano, who won the 800 national titles the past four years, was never in trouble of being lapped. She took a nice relaxed pace from the start and maintained it throughout.
                                   Showing: Montano takes on much-needed fluids ahead of her 800m race in Sacramento
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.

'I've been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,' Montano said. 'I just didn't want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800.'

'That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy,' Montano said.
                                  Weighed down: Montano waits for her race to start on the opening day of the USATF Outdoor Championship
'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.'

Imagine my wife doing a sport  very pregnant. How will i react?

I don't even want to think about it.

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