Monday 11 December 2017

Derval's jumping for joy as she reveals she is expecting first child

Former Irish hurdler Derval O'Rourke is expecting her first child this coming August, the sports star and food writer has revealed.

The 33-year-old Cork athlete, who retired from international athletics last year, made the happy announcement on Mother's Day via Twitter.

"Happy Mother's Day from myself, my furry babies and my little bump," she wrote.

Derval met her husband, fellow Olympian Peter O'Leary, on a return flight from the 2008 Beijing Olympics where they both competed for Ireland.

"Derval is four-months on and is due to have her baby in August," her agent told the Herald today. "All is going great so far."

Last June, Derval said she would not consider starting a family until she was finished competing.

"You definitely can't jump hurdles being pregnant," she said.

"We both want kids but I think I'll have to retire before we think about it," she added at the time.


Derval is a two-time European silver medallist but her biggest triumph came in Moscow in 2006 when she won a gold medal at the world indoors.

Since her retirement, Derval has focused on nutrition and cooking, and wrote a book titled Food or the Fast Lane to share her nutritionally-balanced training menu.

After hanging up her spikes, Derval also moved from the bustle of Dublin, where she lived for 14 years, to the seaside village of Fountainstown in her native Co Cork.

Peter works in Cork so the move suited the couple and their two dogs, Berlino and Chas.

Earlier this month, O'Rourke hit out at the lengthy delay in her upgrading to a 2013 European Indoor bronze medal, saying the appeals process favours cheaters and "isn't fair on athletes".

The way has finally been cleared for her long-awaited upgrade to a fifth major championship medal, because an appeal by Turkish drug cheat Nevin Yanit has finally ended.


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