Success runs, jumps, swims, shoots in family

MODERN pentathlete Max Esposito (right) is ready for his first Youth Olympics.

The Marconi Fencing Academy competitor will follow in the footsteps of his sister, pistol shooter Emily Esposito, 19, to become the second family member to represent Australia at this level.

Elder sister Chloe Esposito, 22, represented Australian in modern pentathlon at the 2012 London Olympics.

But she never competed for Australia at a Youth Olympics.

She finished seventh in London, the highest placing by an Australian woman in Olympic history for modern pentathlon.

She is now preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Sporting genes run in the family with Max's dad, Daniel Esposito, now 50, representing Australia in modern pentathlon at the 1984 Olympics.

"Dad has been a great influence and role model for me," Max said.

The Youth Olympics are in Nanjing, China, in August.

Max, 16, qualified for a spot in the team by finishing fourth at the Asia and Oceania qualifier in Kazakhstan.

"I am very happy with my performance," Max said.

"I was very satisfied for my first international competition.

"I was pleased with my fencing and with my swim, finishing with a personal best time of two minutes .06 for the 200 metres swim race.

"But I still have to work on my shooting technique."

The modern pentathlon events include a combined shoot/3200m run, a 200m swim, fencing and horse jumping.

Earlier this year, Max won his first state title in fencing for his 16 years' group.

"I have had a good year," he said.

Max said the support of his dad, mother Suzanne, and sisters Chloe and Emily, has been encouraging.

Liu Yang is Max's fencing coach.

"Liu is a very good fencing teacher," Max said.

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