It's a 'yes!' Fencer Perez Maurice accepts marriage proposal from coach, her longtime partner, at Tokyo 2020

Maria Belen Perez Maurice's coach - and partner of 17 years - used a handwritten sign that read, 'Will you marry me? Please.'

A third Olympics for fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice of Argentina.

A second proposal by her longtime partner and coach, Lucas Guillermo Saucedo.

Eleven years after Lucas proposed for the first time, he did so again, this time using a handwritten sign at Tokyo 2020 that read: 'Will you marry me? Please.'

The proposal came after Perez Maurice was eliminated from the women's sabre event in fencing. Her answer?

“I said yes, of course,” Perez Maurice said, according to Reuters.

Perez Maurice fell to Hungary’s Anna Marton on Monday (26 July), 15-12.

She also competed at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Lucas proposed as Maria was doing a TV interview after her loss, holding the sign for the camera to see - and her to find out - when she turned around. Saucedo got down on one knee, the two then embracing and sharing a hug and a kiss.

It's not the first time that we have a marriage proposal during the Olympics.

Five years ago in Rio, bronze medallist Qin Kai proposed to fellow Chinese diver He Zi during her silver medal ceremony.

In front of a global audience, Qin went down on one knee and produced an engagement ring for her then girlfriend of six years.

And she said yes!


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