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For Argentina’s Perez Maurice, an Olympic loss and marriage proposal

/ 05:12 PM July 26, 2021
Argentine fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice hugs her coach of 17 years, Lucas Guillermo Saucedo, after he proposed marriage to her on the sidelines of the Olympic fencing at Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba, Japan July 26, 2021.

Argentine fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice hugs her coach of 17 years, Lucas Guillermo Saucedo, after he proposed marriage to her on the sidelines of the Olympic fencing at Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba, Japan July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Sakura Murakami

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 was rebuffed.

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This time Perez Maurice said yes.

“I forget everything, you know,” the world number 27 said, after a 15-12 loss to Hungary’s Anna Marton at the Makuhari Messe Hall outside Tokyo ended her third Olympic run.

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“I said yes, of course,” she smiled.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Fencing - Women's Individual Sabre - Last 32 - Makuhari Messe Hall B - Chiba, Japan - July 26, 2021. Maria Perez Maurice of Argentina in action against Anna Marton of Hungary

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Fencing – Women’s Individual Sabre – Last 32 – Makuhari Messe Hall B – Chiba, Japan – July 26, 2021. Maria Perez Maurice of Argentina in action against Anna Marton of Hungary REUTERS/Molly Darlington

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.

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.

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