In tears, Limardo said: "I never imagined they'd receive me like this."
Limardo's gold medal was Venezuela's first since boxer Francisco "Morochito" Rodriguez won the light flyweight division in the 1968 games. Rodriguez was among the crowd that welcomed Limardo at the airport.
President Hugo Chavez announced last week that he will present Limardo with the country's highest honour, the Order of the Liberator, and will give him a replica of a sword once used by South American independence hero Simon Bolivar.
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