Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi’s unborn son or daughter is going to have one amazing “fun fact” to share about themselves someday.
The 29-year-old Malaysian shooter will be competing in this summer’s London Olympics — and she’ll be eight months pregnant at the time.
“I will talk to the baby before I compete…’no kicking, stay calm for one hour and 15 minutes only please,’” Suryani told Reuters.
Even though she’ll be 33 weeks along when she heads to London in July, her doctors have given the tentative OK.
“My aim is to compete,” she said. “Maybe, at the end of June or whatsoever, if I have some problem that would jeopardize the baby inside me, I will reconsider whether I am going or not. But I feel I am strong and my husband says ‘as long as you feel like that, energized to do that, it seems like that is your baby talking to you so you go.’”
According to Yahoo Sports, Suryani qualified for the Games at the Asian Shooting Championships in January, just days after finding out she was pregnant.
Still, her pregnancy will come with a few concessions: She said she’ll probably skip the closing ceremonies since it won’t be advisable for her to fly by that time, and she’ll only be competing in the 10-meter air rifle event — not the 50-meter competition for which she also qualified.
“Yeah, I cannot do a prone position with this big stomach,” she said.
According to Reuters, she got her start in the sport when she was 15 years old and her dad took her to the shooting range for the first time.
“I like a rough job like that, not something girlie or feminine, I don’t like those types of sports so I tried and its been OK,” she said..
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