Mon, September 23, 2013

Olympic athlete plans to compete while pregnant

By QMI Agency

A Malaysian rifle shooter is so determined to compete in this summer's Olympics in London, she's not letting anything stand in her way -- not even her pregnancy.

Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi, 29, will be seven months pregnant when the Games open in August, but she has been training diligently to prepare, Malaysian newspaper The Star reported this week.

Mohd Ariffin, the director of the country's National Sports Council, said Suryani has a great attitude to training.

"Suryani has not backed down although she is entering her fourth month of pregnancy," Ariffin told the newspaper. "We received a progress report that she is coping quite well with the training. It takes much courage and determination to do what she is doing.

"For now, Suryani is sticking to her decision to participate in the Olympic Games but we will monitor her closely."

If Suryani does compete, she will join a small group of female athletes who have competed at the Olympics during pregnancy.

In Vancouver in 2010, Canadian Kristie Moore became the third pregnant athlete to participate in an Olympics. She was an alternate on the curling team while five months pregnant.

German skeleton racer Diana Sartor was nine weeks pregnant when she competed in the event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. She finished fourth, narrowly missing a spot on the podium.

And in 1920, Swedish figure skater Magda Julin was three months pregnant when she won the women's singles competition at the summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.