Argentine fencer gets INVOLVED after elimination from Tokyo Olympics as her coach asks the question with a handwritten sign during a TV interview – 11 YEARS after being rejected from World Championships
Moments after fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice was knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, her coach made a dramatic lunge by flashing a handwritten sign that read ‘Will you marry me? Please’.
It was the second attempt by Argentine fencer’s coach and partner of 17 years, Lucas Guillermo Saucedo, after his proposal was rejected at the 2010 World Fencing Championships.
Luckily for Saucedo, Perez Maurice said yes this time, before bursting into tears.
Argentine screen star Maria Belen Perez Maurice received a proposal from her coach while she was on TV tv
Maurice, who rejected a proposal from her partner in 2010, burst into tears
The impromptu proposal came after she was eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics
“I’m forgetting everything, you know,” said the world No. 27, after a 15-12 loss to Hungary’s Anna Marton at the Makuhari Messe Hall outside Tokyo ended her third Olympic run.
“Of course I said yes,” 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 argue, but we enjoy each other’s time.
“We love each other so much and we want to spend our lives together.
Media members said she had to turn around to read a handwritten side of her coach
There was a thumbs up seal of approval afterwards after Maurice (right) agreed to get engaged
‘We’re going to celebrate that in Buenos Aires with a big barbecue.’
If she had won her event, 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 been waiting for the moment.”
Saucedo said he decided to propose again Monday morning and asked an Olympic volunteer at the venue for a sheet of paper to write down his proposal.
The volunteer refused at first but agreed after Saucedo offered to trade him an Olympic pin for the paper.
The honeymoon will have to wait – the couple cannot leave the Olympic Village immediately due to COVID-19 restrictions.
They hope to celebrate back in their native Buenos Aires after flying home this week.
Maurice (left) was defeated by Hungary’s Anna Marton in the Women’s Saber Individual event
There would be a happy ending in the media room after that as she leaves Tokyo engaged