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For pregnant Olympian, a labor of love

Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi of Malaysia, who is eight months pregnant, finished 34th in the women’s 10-meter air rifle competition. She said the baby was kicking “three or four times’’ during Saturday’s qualifying round.

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Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi of Malaysia, who is eight months pregnant, finished 34th in the women’s 10-meter air rifle competition. She said the baby was kicking “three or four times’’ during Saturday’s qualifying round.

LONDON — Pregnant Olympic shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi didn’t win a medal, but she still will have quite a story to tell her daughter about their experience together at the London Games.

The Malaysian finished 34th out of 56 shooters in the women’s 10-meter air rifle on Saturday — all the more remarkable considering that the baby was kicking ‘‘three or four times’’ during the 75-minute qualifying round in which she was firing at a bulls-eye the size of a coin from 10 meters away.

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‘‘It didn’t put me off. I told her, ‘Behave yourself, be a good girl, be calm, and don’t move so much,'’’ Mohd Taibi said.

Did she listen?

‘‘Yep, she always listens to me,’’ the 29-year-old mother-to-be said.

In less than seven weeks, if all goes well, she will give birth. Mohd Taibi was just glad she did not go into labor Saturday.

‘‘I just prayed that I could get to a labor room in time,’’ she said. ‘‘I would accept it with an open heart. I am not a normal Mummy doing everything slowly.’’

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Mohd Taibi learned she was pregnant just days after qualifying for London. She and her husband have already named the girl Dayana Widyan, who is due on Sept. 13.

‘‘I hope she'll take part in sports,’’ Mohd Taibi said. ‘‘My blood is in her. Maybe she'll be better than me.’’

The gold medal was won by Yi Siling of China. Unheralded Polish soldier Sylwia Bogacka won the silver and Yu Dan of China earned the bronze. China became the first team since 1988 to have two medalists in the event.

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