Chavez declared Limardo a national hero, and said he would present the athlete with the country's highest honour. The hero's welcome will include giving Limardo a replica of a sword used by Bolivar.
"I'm going to give him, since he's a fencer, a replica of the sword of one of the greatest fencers of our history, who was named Simon Bolivar!" Chavez said in a speech Friday.
Chavez calls his political movement the Bolivarian Revolution.
— Eva Vergara in Caracas — Twitter — http//twitter.com/evergaraap
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