Argentina’s Belén Pérez Maurice fell in the 16th. saber final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and was analyzing her defeat in a television interview when she was surprised by her boyfriend with a marriage proposal.
In full mobile from Tokyo, Lucas Saucedo (her coach and partner) stood behind her with a sign that read: “Flaca: Do you want to marry me? Please.” Belén had not noticed the situation until the journalist Gonzalo Bonadeo told her that something very important was happening behind her back.
Argentina had lost to Hungarian Anna Marton 15-12 and quickly the bitterness over the elimination was put aside. Moved to tears, the fencer kissed him and accepted the inconspicuous marriage proposal.
The Argentine Olympic world had a recent history of declarations of love to the air. In Lima 2019, Federico Molinari had asked his partner to marry him in the middle of an interview, after hanging the Pan-American bronze medal.