Getting a kick out of the Olympics

WHEN Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani Mohamad Taibi takes aim in London, she will pray.

Not to perform well, but for her unborn daughter not to kick ... well, not until after Taibi has pulled the trigger.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist is eight months pregnant, but that has not stopped her. Not yet, anyway.

She kept training through morning sickness and with an expanding stomach, but that hasn't stopped people from taking a pot shot at only the fourth pregnant, but without doubt the most heavily pregnant athlete, to compete in an Olympics.

"Most people said I was crazy and selfish because they think I am jeopardising my baby's health," the first time mum-to-be said. "My husband said to grab it as this is a rare chance which may not come again. Also, I am the mother. I know what I can do."

Shooters time their shots between heartbeats when the body is most stable, so how does Taibi plan to cope so far along in her pregnancy?

"I am able to shoot as normal, but a kick from baby stops me from pulling the trigger," she said.



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