Sunday September 9, 2012
Baby girl for Olympic shooter Suryani
PETALING JAYA: National shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi has given birth to a bubbly baby girl.
The London Olympian gave birth to the 3.3kg baby girl, named Dayana Widyan, via Cesarean section at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) at 7.20pm on Friday – after almost eight hours in labour.
“I didn’t expect to be able to deliver the baby safely after almost eight hours in labour,” said Suryani at the maternity ward yesterday.
“I couldn’t believe that I’m a mother now ... I’m happy that my baby is safe. My daughter will serve as my motivation for me to become a better athlete in the future.
“I’ll take a break for three months before I resume training.”
Suryani’s husband, Marhazli Mohtar, said he would support her if she wanted to continue shooting.
“It’s up to Su to decide on her shooting career ... I’ll support her decision,” said Marhazli.
“I was told by the doctors that Su (Nur Suryani) and the baby can return home tomorrow (today) if they are no complications.”
The 29-year-old Suryani became the first woman shooter to represent Malaysia in the Olympics and also the athlete in the most advanced stage of pregnancy in Olympic history – competing in London when she was eight months pregnant.
The Malaysian Navy logistics officer, who is ranked 47th in the world in the 10m air rifle event, was much sought after by the foreign media in London due to her pregnancy.
She however failed to make the women’s 10m air rifle shooting final in the London Olympics after finishing in 34th position out of 56 competitors with a score of 392.