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LIMARDO Ruben
NOC Venezuela   
GenderMen
Born 03 Aug 1985 in Ciudad Bolívar, VEN
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Marital status Married
Family Wife Ana Carolina Ramirez, daughter Gaby Isabella [2015]
Residence Poland
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English, Spanish
Higher education Physical Education - University of Computer Sciences and Skills: Lódz, POL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age seven.
Why this sport? His uncle Ruperto studied in Hungary during the 1980s, where he picked up a love for the sport. When he returned, he taught his nephews how to fence. Ruben initially fenced in foil with his right hand but a skateboard accident at age 12 forced him to change to his left hand and also switch disciplines.
Club / Team Fundacion Ruben Limardo: Lódz, POL
Name of coach Ruperto Gascon [national, uncle], VEN; Benry Martinez [personal]
Handedness Left
General Interest
Nicknames Ru, Rubenosky, Oreja, Orejon (touchelatino.com, 15 Nov 2015; laverdad.com, 02 Aug 2012)
Hobbies Fishing, playing video games, spending time with his family. (touchelatino.com, 15 Nov 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in individual epee at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (touchelatino.com, 15 Nov 2015)
Most influential person in career Coach Ruperto Gascon. (noticierovenevision.net, 18 Jun 2017)
Injuries In December 2015 he experienced pain in his lower back. He required specialist treatment in order to reduce the inflammation of the nerves and avoid the need for surgery. (diarioelprogreso.net, 23 Jan 2016)

He underwent surgery on a ruptured cruciate ligament in May 2014. He was out of competition for the remainder of the year. He had suffered a similar injury to his left knee in 2008. (vtv.gob.ve, 15 Feb 2015; vtv.gob.ve, 29 Apr 2014)

In 2013 he contracted malaria and was hospitalised for 12 days. (radiohc.cu, 11 Dec 2013; eluniversal.com, 08 Nov 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He dedicates his wins to his mother, who passed away in 2010. (touchelatino.com, 15 Nov 2015; liderendeportes.com, 01 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "In life nothing is impossible. Everything can be achieved." (laverdad.com, 01 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours He was flag bearer for Venezuela at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (fie.org, 05 Aug 2016)

In 2012 and 2015 he was named Sportsman of the Year in the state of Bolivar in Venezuela. (eluniversal.com, 06 Jan 2016)

In 2012 he received the Order of the Liberators of Venezuela, and a replica of the sword of Venezuela's Liberator Simon Bolivar. He was also named National Hero by the Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. (larepublica.pe, 07 Aug 2012; Globovision videos YouTube channel, 07 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives His younger brothers Francisco and Jesus have represented Venezuela in fencing. They both won gold in team epee at the 2017 Pan American Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Jun 2018; meridiano.com.ve, 27 May 2017)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Monstruos Creativos YouTube channel, 28 Apr 2018)
Other information NATIONAL FIRST
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London he became the first fencer form Venezuela to win an Olympic gold medal. He defeated Norwegian Bartosz Piasecki in the individual epee final to also secure Venezuela's first Olympic gold in any sport since the 1968 Games in Mexico City. (fie.org, 04 Aug 2016; bbc.co.uk, 03 Aug 2012)

FENCING FAMILY
Having competed at senior international level with his younger brother Francisco several times, it was not until 2017 that his youngest brother Jesus joined them at World Cup level. The three siblings became the first trio of brothers to win gold together in a team event at the Pan American championships, claiming victory in team epee at the 2017 Pan American Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. (cactus24.com.ve, 18 Jun 2017; meridiano.com.ve, 27 May 2017)

POLITICIAN
In 2015 he ran to become a representative of the National Assembly in the Venezuela parliamentary elections. He did not receive a sufficient number of votes to get elected to the position. "The candidacy was not a distraction for me. I wanted to contribute to the state of Bolivar, as well as taking care of my condition as an athlete on the road to [the Olympics in] Rio. It was an honour for me." (panorama.com.ve, 20 Jan 2016; eluniversal.com, 17 Jan 2016; notilogia.com, 07 Dec 2015)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2016 Final 7-8 Team Epee Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 1 Individual Epee London, England
2008 6 Team Epee Beijing, China
World Championships
2018 2 Individual Epee Wuxi, China
2015 7 Individual Epee Moscow, Russia
2013 2 Individual Epee Budapest, Hungary
2013 Quarterfinal Team Epee Budapest, Hungary
2012 7 Team Epee Kiev, Ukraine
2011 7 Individual Epee Catania, Italy
2007 8 Team Epee St. Petersburg, Russia
Pan American Championships
2018 2 Individual Epee Havana, Cuba
2017 1 Individual Epee Montreal, Canada
2017 1 Team Epee Montreal, Canada
2016 1 Team Epee Panama, Panama
2015 1 Individual Epee Santiago, Chile
2015 2 Team Epee Santiago, Chile
2013 1 Team Epee Cartagena, Colombia
2013 3 Individual Epee Cartagena, Colombia
2012 2 Individual Epee Cancún, Mexico
2011 2 Individual Epee Reno, NV, United States
2011 3 Team Epee Reno, NV, United States
2010 4 Team Epee San José, Costa Rica
2010 7 Individual Epee ,
2009 1 Individual Epee San Salvador, El Salvador
2008 2 Individual Epee Queretaro, Mexico
2008 2 Team Epee Querétaro, Mexico
2007 6 Individual Epee Montreal, Canada