Well usually doctors do not recommend a mom travels more than an hour away from her delivery hospital after her 30th week of pregnancy. Also, it is usually recommended for the safety of baby that you avoid being around excessively loud places with high sound decibel levels — Like shooting ranges.
But if your name is Nur Suryani Mohammad Taibi and your 47th world rank in 10-meter air rifle shooting earned you a spot on your Malaysian Olympic team, you find a way around those barriers. You’re getting a special maternity shooting suit made and you’re heading to the London 2012 Olympics.
Today, Taibi became the most pregnant person ever to compete in an Olympic game. Over the past few days, the Twittervers and Blogosphere were abuzz with people criticizing her for what they felt was a woman putting herself and baby in harms way, given the aforementioned risks to travel and shooting.
There were those who feel a gun and a pregnant woman don’t mix.
But through her not-so-perfect English, Taibi revealed that she would never let anyone tell her she couldn’t do what she wanted to do just because she was pregnant. Oh no.
“I think that I can do whatever I want to because I’m quite stubborn,” Yahoo!Sports reports her saying. “Anything I want to do, I will do.”
Sadly, though the dream came to an end today at 10am when she came in 34th place in the qualifying round and ended her Olympic run.
Now, the best prize, even better than a gold medal is to come, a baby girl, to be born in the next five weeks. Taibi and her husband Marhazli B. Mhotar have named her Dayana Widyan.
|Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi and husband Marhazli Mhotar after 10m air rifle shooting finals at the 36th Southeast Asian Shooting Championship 2012 in Subang outside Kuala Lumpur June 5, 2012 -Reuters|
She’s bound to be a firecracker and will be born a well known Olympic record holder herself: the youngest child to compete in the Olympics…albeit in utero!