Chloe Esposito
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1991-09-19) 19 September 1991 (age 29)
Sydney, New South Wales
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight55 kg (121 lb)[1]
Sport
CountryAustralia
SportModern pentathlon

Chloe Esposito OAM (born 19 September 1991) is an Australian shooter and modern pentathlon competitor. She competed at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in the 10 m air pistol. She represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the modern pentathlon and won the gold medal in the same event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Personal life

Esposito was born on 19 September 1991 in Camden, New South Wales.[2][3][4] She is from and lives in the Sydney area.[2][3][5] She attended St Francis Xavier (NSW, Australia) before going to Mount Saint Joseph for high school.[2] She competed at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in the 10 m air pistol.[2] During June 2012, she visited Palmerston District Primary School where she discussed the five sports of the modern pentathlon, swimming, running, shooting, fencing and horse riding, with students.[6]

Her father is Daniel Esposito, an Olympic competitor in the modern pentathlon at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[2][5][6][7] Her brother, Max Esposito also competed in the modern pentathlon at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Her sister, Emily Esposito, represented Australia in pistol shooting at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics.[2]

Esposito is 166 centimetres (65 in) tall and weighs 55 kilograms (121 lb).[2][3]

In January 2020, Esposito announced that she was expecting her first child. This means she would not have been able to defend her pentathlon Gold Medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.[8] However, the delay of the Games to 2021 due to the COVID pandemic means she may still have the opportunity to participate. [9]

Modern pentathlon

Esposito is a modern pentathlon competitor.[2][3] She tried to make the Australian modern pentathlon team for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the youngest Australian woman ever to try, by competing at the Oceania Championships.[2] At World Cup events early in 2012, she finished third and fifth overall.[2] In May 2012, she finished eighth in the final World Cup event in China.[10]

Esposito was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the modern pentathlon.[5][6] She set a goal of trying to medal in the sport as Australia had not medalled in the sport going into the 2012 Games.[6] Going into the 2012 Olympic Games, she was ranked eleventh in the world,[4] improving from a rank of thirteen a month earlier.[4] She earned her Olympic spot after she finished as the top ranking competitor from Oceania in the 2012 Asia/Oceania Championship.[2] Esposito finished 7th at the 2012 Summer Olympics,[11] making her the first Australian modern pentathlete to finish in the top 10 at the Olympics since 1964.

Esposito also represented Australia at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Coming into the final event (running and shooting combined) she was 7th and overcame a 45-second handicap to win the gold medal, setting a new Olympic record of 1372 points.[12]

Recognition

References

  1. ^ a b "Chloe Esposito". rio2016.olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 18 August 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "London 2012 – Chloe Esposito". Australian Olympic Committee. 19 September 1991. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "Chloe Esposito – Video, News, Results, Photos". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Biographies". Pentathlon. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Pentathlete Fernon has Olympic answer". Nine MSN. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d Alyson Vardos (30 June 2012). "Smiles and cuddles as Olympian visits school". Canberra Times. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  7. ^ Ford, Mazoe (29 July 2015). "Modern pentathlon duo Max and Chloe Esposito first to qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics Australian team". ABC News. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Chloe Esposito out of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after revealing she is expecting her first child". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 30 January 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Tokyo 2020: 'Delaying the Olympics changed our careers'". BBC Newsbeat. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Aussies announce modern pentathlon line-up". 6 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Women's Modern Pentathlon". London 2012. 12 August 2012. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Modern Pentathlon Women's Individual – Standings". 20 August 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Chalmers claims two AIS awards to complete fairy tale year". Australian Sports Commission website. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  14. ^ Lulham, Amanda (26 January 2017). "Rio Olympic women dominate Australia Day honours list". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 January 2017.