Fast shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, 29, is the first Malaysian woman shooter to participate in the Olympics. But what makes her really stand out in Olympics 2012 is the fact that she is one of the only athletes ever to compete at the Olympics while eight months pregnant.
Nur Suryani will be making her Olympics debut with the 10-meter air rifle event. She was present in London Wednesday with her policeman husband Marhazli Mohtar, who she says has been very supportive of her London 2012 aspirations. But not everyone in Malaysia has been as favorable, and her national Olympic Committee expressed apprehension at her decision to participate.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Suryani said, "Most people said I was crazy and selfish because they think I am jeopardizing my baby's health. ... [But] my husband said grab it as this is a rare chance which may not come again. Also, I am the mother. I know what I can do. I am a stubborn person." As for the Malaysian Olympics ommittee, she said, "They wanted to send me to London early because they are afraid, but what I hear from Malaysian Airlines is that it is not recommended to travel for a pregnant woman from 35 weeks."
The Telegraph reported that Nur Suryani, ranked 47th in the world, had won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze at the Asian Games. A navy logistics officer, she continued her training despite of the weight gain and pain and sickness from pregnancy.