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(ANS – London) – A new tile has enriched the mosaic of ‘Salesian participation’ in the Olympic Games in London, thanks to the victory of Rubén Darío Limardo Gascón, the Venuzuelan fencer, who has won a gold medal in the men’s individual épée.
The athlete, who was born in Ciudad Bolivar, won the Olympic title on 1st August by beating Bartosz Piasecki of Norway by 15 points to 10 giving Venezuela its second gold medal in Olympic history, the first for 44 years. ‘My childhood dream has come true’, he commented.
Salesians from the East Polish Province (PLE) have contributed to his growth and human development. For the last eight years he has been living in Łodz and he trains with and competes for the Piast Gliwice team. In 2003 he began his university studies at the Salesian university college in the city, specialising in administration. He continued to go there, alternating his studies with sporting competitions, until 2005.
In an interview after his victory, the Olympian showed his appreciation for the country where he developed as a professional and declared that half the medal belonged to Poland. In this half of the medal, there are also Salesian traces.