Limardo at the Masters épée 2012
August 3, 1985 |
Bolivar City, Bolívar, Venezuela
Rubén Dario Limardo Gascón (born August 3, 1985 in Ciudad Bolívar) is a male fencer from Venezuela. Limardo won a gold medal for his native country at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the individual épée competition. Five years earlier he won the gold medal in the individual épée competition at the 2007 Pan American Games. His younger brother Francisco also competes in fencing on the international level.
Limardo competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London winning a gold medal in the individual épée event at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre on 1 August, two days before his 27th birthday. Limardo won the gold when he defeated Norway's Bartosz Piasecki 15–10 in the men's épée final, winning Venezuela's first ever fencing medal, and Latin America's first Olympic gold medal in épée in 108 years, after Ramón Fonst won the event in 1904.
Limardo earned Venezuela's second gold medal in any Olympic Games with the first being at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games, when Francisco Rodríguez won gold as a boxer in the light flyweight division.
World Fencing Championships Budapest 2013
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- "Ruben Limardo qualified to World Fencing Championship final". 2013-08-08. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
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