Sunday, June 29, 2014
34 WEEKS PREGNANT MONTANO RUNS 800METRES AT US TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.