SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — A five-time national champion and former Olympian made headlines after running in the U.S. Track and Field Championships while eight months pregnant.
Alysia Montano, 28, ran the 800 meters Thursday in Sacramento, finishing in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds — nearly 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34 in 2010.READ MORE: DA Chesa Boudin Outraged; 2 Killed in Separate Shootings Saturday in San Francisco Potrero Hill Neighborhood
“Look at her belly hanging out,” Montano’s father, Eric Johnson, said. “I’m super proud.”READ MORE: San Francisco Homeless Camp to Be Removed Monday, Advocates Say Residents Have Right to Stay
Although the UC Berkeley star known as “The Flying Flower,” finished last in her heat, the crowd cheered for her as she crossed the finish line.
“I know there is a lot of stigma and really, the word is ignorance, behind pregnant women and exercising. And the truth is, it’s good for the mom and the baby,” Montano told CBS2’s Rachel Kim via Skype after the race.MORE NEWS: COVID: Health Experts Believe 'Herd Immunity' Exists In Pockets Of San Francisco Bay Area
Montano said her and her husband planned their pregnancy during an off-year so she can compete in the World Championships and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.