U.S. distance runner, Libbie Hickman, is pregnant and will miss this week’s U.S. Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore.
“We found out ten days ago,” said her husband and manager, Walter Hickman. “It was such a shock [but] everything is fine.”
Hickman, 36, was an Olympian last year, running the 10,000m at Sydney where she finished 16th. She has a personal best time of 31:41.33 at that distance and has run the marathon in 2:28:34. She was U.S. 10,000m champion in 1999, and is the reigning U.S. half-marathon champion.
The child, which will be the couple’s first, is expected in late November or early December.