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While most of us were sleeping early Saturday morning, Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi was talking to her watermelon-sized belly in preparation for the first event in the 2012 London Olympics. The event she competed in was the 10m Air Rifle, which requires stillness, poise, and extreme concentration. Any sudden movement can cause you to miss the tiny target.

A total of 59 women competed in the first event early Saturday morning. Only eight women make it to the finals. The women shot a .177 pellet gun into a 0.5milimeter ring target that is 10 meters away. As an officer in the Royal Malaysian Navy, Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi is 29 years old, making her first olympic appearance and 34 weeks pregnant with her first child. The mother-to-be finished in 34th place.

“My baby is my baby, and luckily, she behaved today,” Mohamed Taibi said. “I feel calm, not really stressed, confident. I know that I tried my best. … I’m just like the other people. I have a big stomach is all. Just think that we are like normal people, not pregnant woman.”

The mother-to-be finished in 34th place. She was ranked 47th going into the competition. Her husband, a police officer, was extremely supportive of her Olympic quest from the beginning and very proud of her accomplishments.

Read more about Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi here.

 

Congratulations Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi! I’m thrilled you followed your dreams and heart. You’re a great role model for BirthFIT moms! 

-L