Olympic fencer gets surprise marriage proposal from longtime coach

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Argentinian fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice may have lost out on an Olympic medal Monday, but she gained something unexpected — a marriage proposal from her longtime coach and partner.

Perez Maurice had just been beaten in the women’s saber when Lucas Guillermo Saucedo decided to erase the sting by popping the question on camera — flashing a handwritten sign that read “Will you marry me, please?”

In 2010, Perez Maurice parried her 17-year partner’s proposal with a rejection — but this time her guard was down and she decided to take the plunge.

“They (the press) told me to turn around and he had the letter. I forgot everything. I was like, ‘Oh my God,’” said the world No. 27, who lost 15-12 to Hungary’s Anna Marton.

“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. We are going to celebrate in Buenos Aires with a big barbecue,” she added.

Maria Belen Perez Maurice of Team Argentina, left, competes against Anna Marton of Team Hungary in Women's Sabre Individual second round on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Maria Belen Perez Maurice of Team Argentina (left) competes against Anna Marton of Team Hungary in women’s sabre individual second round on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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Her new fiancé said he might have waited to propose had Perez Maurice beaten Anna Marton of Hungary. Instead, he felt the time was right.

“I love her, and when she lost the match she got very sad, so maybe this proposal should change her mentality,” he said. “I wrote on the paper in the moment. If she had won, no, I would have waited for the moment.”

Saucedo said he asked an Olympic volunteer for the sheet of paper. The volunteer first refused but agreed after Saucedo offered to trade him an Olympic pin for the sheet.

Maria Belen Perez Maurice lost the match, but won a marriage proposal.
Maria Belen Perez Maurice lost the match, but won a marriage proposal.
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The lovebirds are unable to immediately leave the Olympic Village due to COVID-19 restrictions but hope to celebrate back in their native Buenos Aires after flying home this week.

With Post wires

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