Young Max keeps it in the family
MODERN PENTATHLON: Max Esposito was only supposed to be a training partner for his older sister.
After Chloe competed at the London Olympics, coach and father Daniel moved the family to Budapest in order to bolster her training program ahead of the 2016 Games.
Little did they know at the time, Max would go on to also represent Australia in Rio as a 19-year-old.
"I didn't actually have coming to Rio on my mind,” he said. "I was Chloe's training partner ... I was just there to help Chloe, but then training, training, training, doing World Cups and competitions and then my results were getting good and then I thought 'oh, I have a good chance of qualifying'.”
Modern pentathlon combines five different sporting disciplines - fencing, 200m freestyle swimming, show jumping and a final combined event of pistol shooting and a 3200m cross-country run.
Daniel competed in the event at the 1984 LA Games.
Chloe finished seventh in London, making her the first Aussie modern pentathlete to finish in the top 10 at the Olympics since 1964.
"I'm a different athlete this Olympic Games... I'm more relaxed but just sort of taking it a different way,” she said.
"I learnt a lot from London and I've tried to improve in the last four years on those things I need to work on. I think I'm sort of a different athlete in a better way.
"(I thought) if I'm going to go to Rio I definitely want to get a few places better. I know I've done the hard training and I've given my all, if I do my tasks for each event then that could be anywhere up there.”
Modern pentathlon, women start tomorrow (11pm AEST), men Friday (3am AEST).