Pregnant runner Alysia Montano finishes 800

By Michael Wagaman

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, June 26 2014 9:01 p.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, June 26 2014 9:01 p.m. MDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Thirty-four weeks pregnant, Alysia Montano ran the 800 meters Thursday in the U.S. Track and Field Championships.

The 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.

That Montano 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.

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