Incredible new meaning behind Aussie Olympic champ's pregnancy

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Chloe Esposito might be able to defend her gold medal at the Olympics in 2021. Image: Getty/Instagram

The decision to postpone the 2020 Olympics until 2021 has caused a number of ageing athletes to reassess whether or not they’ll be able to participate in the Tokyo Games.

With the Olympics now likely to take place a full 12 months after originally intended, athletes eyeing off retirement will now need to reassess.

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However one athlete who will be cheering is Aussie gold medallist Chloe Esposito.

The defending modern pentathlon champion from the 2016 Olympics, Esposito withdrew from the 2020 Games when she fell pregnant in February.

However the postponement now means Esposito, 28, might be able to defend her gold medal after all.

“Now I know that has happened - it’s very unfortunate for athletes around the world - but it’s good, I guess, on my side. I’ll have the baby see how we go but it’s definitely got my mind ticking over now,” she told 7News on Wednesday.

“It was out of my mind for the moment, I was hoping for Paris 2024, but now both might be on the cards, which would be lovely.”

Esposito, who is due in August, said she’ll wait until the new Olympic dates are finalised before making a decision.

“If all goes well, and we’ll see how it goes when I do have a child, but I think a year (of training) could be realistic. I never ever thought I’d be in this situation. It’s a bit surreal.”

Modern pentathlon is a multi-discipline event which combines fencing, swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting and cross-country running.

Other athletes facing tough Olympics call

Andrew Bogut admits he is unsure if he will extend his career to feature at a fourth Olympics for a Boomers outfit that could benefit from the postponement.

The former NBA top draft pick and championship winner will be 36 in November and is off contract following two seasons with Sydney in the NBL.

The coronavirus has now forced Tokyo organisers to push the Games - originally scheduled for July-August - back one year, potentially derailing Bogut's quest to help the Boomers to their first major international tournament medal.

“It's a coin flip at the moment. There's a lot of crazy going on in the world right now,” Bogut told The Basketball Show about his 2021 intentions.

“We don't know what's going on - with the NBA, the NBL - it would've been ideal if it was played this year because I'm not getting any younger and it's getting harder and harder to get out of bed every day.”

Chloe Esposito won gold in the Modern Pentathlon at Rio 2016. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Australian marathon runner Sinead Diver isn't going to let another 12 months stop her after waiting 43 years for her first Olympics berth.

Only taking up running in 2010 when she was 33, after the birth of her son, Diver won't be deterred by the delay.

She missed the Rio Olympics with a knee injury and isn't about to let another chance to compete slide by.

“The postponement is better than cancellation ... I've still got a lot left in me,” said Diver, who only ran her first marathon in 2014.

“I'm disappointed that it's not on but next year is better than not at all. I'm a latecomer but I've got lots of time left.”

Other global stars were planning to wave farewell to the Olympic stage in Tokyo, including Simone Biles, Allyson Felix, Roger Federer, Yohan Blake and Alistair Brownlee.

with AAP