October 23, 2021

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Jubilation as coach proposes to his Argentine athlete in Tokyo 2020 Olympics

  • This is the second time Lucas Guillermo Saucedo would be asking Maria Belen Perez Maurice’s hand in marriage
  • Lucas unsuccessfully proposed to Maria back in 2010 during the World Fencing Championships in Paris, France
  • At the time, Maria, who has been seeing Lucas for 17 years now turned down the proposal claiming she was too young for marriage
  • The Tokyo proposal is expected to culminate in a bigger occasion to be marked with a big barbeque once they return home to Argentina

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Argentine athlete Maria Belen Perez Maurice was dumped out of the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games following her defeat to Hungary’s Anna Marton.

The 36-year-old can now find solace in the fact that she has a companion after her coach Lucas Guillermo Saucedo proposed to her at the games.

SunSport reports Maria was knocked out when she lost 15-12 Marton in the women’s sabre individual.

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Maria Belen Perez Maurice reacts against Alejandra Jhona Benitez Romero of Venezuela (not pictured) as they compete in the Women's Sabre Individual on Day 11 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Lucas unsuccessfully proposed to Maria back in 2010 during the World Fencing Championships in Paris, France. Photo by Patrick Smith.
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While the defeat crashed her Olympics dream, Lucas ensured he made the Games more memorable for his partner by proposing to her.

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The special moment is understood to have happened when Maria was conducting her post-match press with the broadcast media.

Lucas, who also doubles up Maria’s coach interrupted the session by producing a handwritten note in the background. The note read in Spanish:

“Will you marry me?”

According to Maria, it was the broadcast journalists interviewing her who made her aware of Lucas’s presence.

She went on to proclaim her love for her partner who she has been seeing for 17 years, revealing they are “very good partners.”

“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.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Aruna Quadri crashed out of the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo after the Nigerian table tennis sensation lost 4-2 to his Brazilian player Gustavo Tsuboi, Making of Champions reports.

Tsuboi came from one set down to win 15-13, 9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 5-11 and handed the seeded Nigerian a rare defeat as he bows out from Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The first game was intense as Quadri managed to win 15-13, but the Brazilian pulled an impressive 9-11 win in the second to draw level 1-1.

Source: Legit