Australian pentathlon champion pulls out of Tokyo Olympics due to pregnancy

Australian pentathlon champion pulls out of Tokyo Olympics due to pregnancy

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Sydney, Jan 30 : Defending my title will have to wait another four years, Australian athlete Chloe Esposito said on Thursday, after finding out she's pregnant with her first child. All geared up to defend her Rio 2016 Olympic Games gold medal in Tokyo later this year in July, the modern pentathlon competitor discovered she's due to give birth sometime in August. "A wonderful unexpected surprise has happened.

My husband, Matt Cooper, and I are bringing a mini Cooper into this world in August," Esposito posted on social media. Currently ranked number one in the world for the multi-discipline sport that comprises of fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping, pistol shooting and cross-country running, 28- year-old said she has no plans to retire.

"True to form, nothing ever works out the way we plan it," she said. "My priorities will change but the challenge of pregnancy to the podium is a powerful dream." "Can't wait to be a mum." Described by Australian Olympic officials as a wonderful ambassador for her sport, former chef de mission of Australia's Olympic team, Kitty Chiller, heaped praise on the all-round athlete. "I would like to express my congratulations to Chloe and Matt... they will be fantastic parents," Chiller said. "We would have of course loved to have seen Chloe on the start line in Tokyo to defend her Olympic title." "However we know this is not the end of her remarkable career and look forward to supporting her in due course when she returns to the sport with an eye to the Paris Olympics in 2024." (Xinhua)