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Rio selection in sight for sibling pentathletes

29 May 2015

MODERN PENTATHLON: Australians are poised to claim two places at the Rio Olympic Games when modern pentathlon qualification takes place on Monday and Tuesday and the Asia/Oceania qualifier in Beijing. 

On rankings Australian athletes are in pole position for both spots, meaning athletes could be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee for selection and, if approved, would be the first members of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team. 

Based on modern pentathlon world rankings and results from the recent World Cup Series, Chloe Esposito and her younger brother Max are capable of achieving their dream of competing at the Olympics together.

Speaking this week from their base in Hungary, Chloe was asked if the siblings ever talk about being on Olympic Team together.

“All the time Max and I talk about it. We want to be together at the Rio Games,” Chloe who made her Olympic debut at London 2012 said.

Aged just 20 in London she finished a remarkable seventh and was the equivalent of only two fencing wins away from the podium. Injuries hampered her 2013 and 2014 seasons but now she is back to her best. She was 7th and 6th at two World Cups this year. 

Also competing in the women’s event on Monday from Australia will be Youth Olympian Marina Carrier. The competition is bound to be hot with the top five from Asia booking their ticket to Rio. 

In the men’s event on Tuesday the big competition for the Oceania spot for 17-year-old Max comes from London 2012 Olympian Ed Fernon. 

Fernon, 27, from Sydney has the experience behind him. His first senior World Championships was back in 2010 and he has been a regular on the World Cup circuit.

Max Esposito has had the better form this season. He has burst on to senior international scene. No Australian male had made a World Cup final before he did and now he has done it three times from three attempts. 

Remarkably the Chloe and Max Esposito are coached by their father Daniel who competed at the 1984 Games. 

Chloe followed in her father’s footsteps when she competed at London 2012 with her brother watching on. This was the start of Max’s Rio determination. The three are now based in Budapest, Hungary with mother Suzanne to be close to world class competition and training. After the international season they will return home to Casula in south-west Sydney. 

Back in Melbourne the pairs’ sister Emily Esposito continues to train hard chasing her Olympic dream. The 21-year-old represented Australia in shooting at the Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics and is looking to go to Rio as well. 

It is a very exciting and nerve wracking time for all four Australian athletes competing at the important modern pentathlon qualifier. With five disciplines held in one day and the show jumping being on a horse they have never met, it will be an anxious two days of competition in China. 

Andrew Reid
olympics.com.au

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