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PEREZ MAURICE Maria Belen

Rank72
Pts18.250
Age37
HandL

Personal Information

Family Partner Lucas Guillermo Saucedo

Residence Buenos Aires, ARG

Occupation Armed Forces, Athlete

Languages Spanish

Higher education Food Technology - Argentine University of Enterprise [UADE]: Buenos Aires, ARG

License number 12071985000

Club

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
Zone Championships1-56
San José (COSTA RICA), 2014-06-02Reno - Nevada (USA), 2011-07-04
Cancun (MEXICO), 2012-06-16
Panama (PANAMA), 2016-06-22
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-15
Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-29
Grand Prix--11
New York (USA), 2014-12-13
1--1
San-Jose (COSTA RICA), 2021-05-02
65213
Reykjavik (ICELAND), 2011-06-04Newcastle (GREAT BRITAIN), 2013-04-27Reykjavik (ICELAND), 2012-06-02
Newcastle (GREAT BRITAIN), 2011-06-18Reykjavik (ICELAND), 2013-05-11Gand (BELGIUM), 2019-09-29
Cancun (MEXICO), 2014-12-16Reykjavik (ICELAND), 2014-05-10
Cancun (MEXICO), 2015-12-15Reykjavik (ICELAND), 2015-05-23
Istanbul (TURKEY), 2016-01-09Rome (ITALY), 2016-03-19
Cancun (MEXICO), 2017-02-04

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age 13 at Club Circulo Militar in Argentina.

Why this sport? She was encouraged to try the sport by her diving coach. "At the beginning I said no. But he said he would keep insisting until I tried, and once I tried he would not insist anymore. He made me win all my bouts and I loved that."

Club / Team Fundacion Argentina de Esgrima: Buenos Aires, ARG

Name of coach Lucas Guillermo Saucedo [national, personal], ARG

Training Regime She trains at the Enard High Performance Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Handedness Left

General Interest

Nicknames Flaca [Spanish for 'Skinny']. (lanacion.com.ar, 26 Jul 2021; coarg.org.ar, 09 Nov 2012)

Hobbies Reading, listening to music. (aadeporte.com.ar, 25 Sep 2020)

Hero / Idol Argentinian fencer and coach Lucas Guillermo Saucedo. (detaco.com.ar, 20 Jan 2021; coarg.org.ar, 09 May 2019)

Injuries In the early part of 2021 she sustained an injury to her hamstring. (clarin.com, 19 Mar 2021; Instagram profile, 13 Mar 2021)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Keep trying and you will succeed." (eliteamateur.blogspot.com, 01 Apr 2012)

Awards and honours In 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2021 she won the Argentinian Fencing Federation's Silver Olympia award. (argentina.gob.ar, 14 Dec 2021; diario24.com.ar, 21 Dec 2016; espn.com.co, 17 Dec 2014; esgrima-fae.com.ar, 19 Dec 2012)

Milestones She became the first female Argentinian fencer to win a medal in individual sabre at the Pan American Games when she claimed bronze at the 2015 Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Mar 2016; deportes.terra.cl, 21 Jul 2015)

Famous relatives Her partner Lucas Guillermo Saucedo represented Argentina in fencing [sabre] at the world championships in 1999 and 2003. He has also served as a coach for the Argentinian national sabre team. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 May 2021; detaco.com.ar, 20 Jan 2021; aadeporte.com.ar, 25 Sep 2020)

Ambitions To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (ole.com.ar, 23 Sep 2021)

Other information OLYMPIC PROPOSAL
Her partner and coach Lucas Guillermo Saucedo proposed to her during a television interview shortly after she was eliminated from the women's individual sabre competition at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "They [the interviewer] told me to turn around, and he had the piece of paper. I forgot everything. I was like, 'Oh my God'. I said yes, of course. 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 [Argentina] with a big barbecue." (theguardian.com, 26 Jul 2021; lanacion.com.ar, 26 Jul 2021; reuters.com, 26 Jul 2021)

PARTNER AND COACH
She has spoken about the advantages of being coached by her partner Lucas Guillermo Saucedo. "I cannot see any conflicts in it. On the contrary, there is nothing more beautiful than sharing your goals with the person you love. In sport there are many trips and goals to meet and, if you can do it next to your partner, much better." (lanacion.com.ar, 19 Aug 2021)

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