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Olympian Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi to compete while eight months pregnant

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Olympian Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi

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Nur Suryani Mohamad Taibi will make history on Saturday (July 28) when she becomes the first woman to compete for Malaysia in Olympic shooting, and she will be doing so eight months pregnant.

While other pregnant athletes have competed at the Olympics before, Suryani will be the nearest to giving birth - her baby is due in September, just over one month after she competes in London.

Nur Suryani learned of her pregnancy in January and thought her Olympic dreams were over, but after qualifying for the games, her husband's encouragement convinced her to compete, the BBC reports.

The 30-year-old naval officer also thinks that her pregnancy could give her an advantage: "Now I have balance at the front and the back, so the stability is there."

She is also weary of the baby kicking at the wrong moment, and in a sport where precision is everything, one kick could be her downfall.

"On the morning of the competitions, normally, I will say to my baby, 'Mummy's going to compete today so I need you to calm down'," she added.

Nur Suryani hopes to earn her country's first Olympic gold medal. After winning Commonwealth gold in 2010, she is confident going into London 2012: "I just want to perform my best at the Games. If gold comes, thanks to God and my baby. Who knows? Miracles can happen."

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