Chloe Esposito, the Australian who won the Rio Olympic modern pentathlon, will not defend her title in Tokyo because she is pregnant with her first child due in August.
“True to form, nothing ever works out the way we plan it,” was posted on Esposito’s social media. “Defending my title will have to wait another four years. Can’t wait to be a mum.”
Esposito, 28, is Australia’s lone Olympic medalist in modern pentathlon, which features four disciplines: fencing, show jumping, swimming and a combined running/shooting event.
She won with an Olympic record 1,372 points, rallying from fourth place going into the running-shooting finale. Her father and brother also competed in Olympic modern pentathlon.
Her victory in Rio was a surprise, given she was seventh at the London Olympics and eighth at the 2015 World Championships. Esposito took a year off after Rio and returned to win the 2018 World Cup Final, taking the world No. 1 ranking that year. She missed 2019 competition after a hamstring operation.
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A wonderful unexpected surprise has happened. My husband, @matt_cooper8 and I are bringing a Mini Cooper into the World this August. True to form, nothing ever works out the way we plan it. Defending my title will have to wait another four years. Can’t wait to be a mum. My priorities will change but the challenge of pregnancy to podium is a powerful dream. Very excited for a life changing 2020! #3monthspregnant #sizeofalime