44 years later, a Venezuelan wins Olympic gold

Francisco “Morochito” Rodriguez is no longer the only one.

Fencer Ruben Limardo beat Norway’s Bartosz Piasecki in the individual men’s épée final, taking the first Olympic gold medal for Venezuela since 1968, and only the second ever.

Four years ago, in Beijing he was 23rd.

It’s true that another Venezuelan athlete Arlindo Gouveia won Olympic gold in Barcelona 1992, but at the time Taekwondo was only an exhibition sport (it entered the Olympic program in Sydney 2000), so it’s not considered fully official. The more you know…

Congratulations to Mr. Limardo for his historic achievement. It’s only a matter of time before the hashtag #NoImpoltaLimardoGano hits the Twittersphere.

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