Argentine fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice accepted a marriage proposal from her long-term partner and coach in front of television cameras at the Olympics on Monday, the second time he had posed the question in similar fashion.
The athlete, after a first-round exit in her third Olympics, was disappointedly answering questions from reporters when her coach, Lucas Saucedo, appeared behind her with a piece of paper in his hand reading "Do you want to marry me?". He put one knee to the ground.
"Tell me yes, a lot of people are looking at us," he said.
Y después del combate de esgrima le pidieron casamiento a María Belén Pérez Maurice en vivo. pic.twitter.com/wEmGuOW7CB— Rústico (@lautarojl) July 26, 2021
In 2010, Saucedo tried a similar stunt at the world championships in Paris, but with far less luck. Back then, she replied: "Is this a joke or what?"
Eleven years on, though, she said yes.
"I was speechless. I said to myself 'Oh my God'," said Perez Maurice, who has been in a relationship with Saucedo for 17 years. "We're going to celebrate it in Argentina around a big asado (a traditional barbecue)."
It was a great end to a day which started with a 15-12 loss to Hungarian Anna Marton in the women's sabre event.
On Sunday, Germany football forward Max Kruse successfully asked his girlfriend to marry him on live TV after his team's 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia.
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