Argentina fencer gets ENGAGED after elimination from Tokyo Olympic Games as her coach pops the question with a handwritten sign during a TV interview – 11 YEARS after he was turned down at World Championships
Moments after fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice was knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, her coach made a dramatic lunge of his own by flashing a handwritten sign that read ‘Will you marry me? Please’.
It was the second attempt by the Argentine fencer’s coach and partner of 17 years, Lucas Guillermo Saucedo, after his 2010 proposal at the World Fencing Championships was rebuffed.
Thankfully for Saucedo, this time Perez Maurice said yes, before she broke down in tears.
Argentine fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice received a proposal from her coach while on TV
Maurice, who rejected a proposal from her partner back in 2010, broke down into tears
The spontaneous proposal arrived after she was eliminated from the Tokyo Olympic Games
‘I forget everything, you know,’ the world No 27 said, after a 15-12 loss to Hungary’s Anna Marton at the Makuhari Messe Hall outside Tokyo ended her third Olympic run.
‘I said yes, of course,’ she smiled.
She added: ‘They (the press) told me to turn around, and he had the letter. I forgot everything. I was like, ‘oh my god’.
‘We are very happy. We are very good partners. Of course, we have fights, but we enjoy each other’s time.
‘We love each other so much, and we want to spend our lives together.
Media members were telling her to turn around to read a handwritten side from her coach
There was a thumbs up seal of approval afterwards after Maurice (right) agreed to get engaged
‘We are going to celebrate in Buenos Aires with a big barbecue.’
Had she won her event then the proposal would have been put on hold.
‘I wrote on the paper in the moment,’ he explained. ‘If she had won, no, I would have waited for the moment.’
Saucedo said he decided to propose again on Monday morning and asked an Olympic volunteer at the venue for a sheet of paper to write his proposal on.
The volunteer first refused but agreed after Saucedo offered to trade him an Olympic pin for the paper.
The honeymoon will have to wait – the couple are unable to immediately leave the Olympic Village due to COVID-19 restrictions.
They hope to celebrate back in their native Buenos Aires after flying home this week.
Maurice (left) was beaten by Hungary’s Anna Marton in the Women’s Sabre Individual event
There was to be a happy ending in the media room afterwards as she leaves Tokyo engaged