08/03/2012 06:17 EDT | Updated 10/03/2012 05:12 EDT


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is fond of talking about 19th century South American independence leader Simon Bolivar, and found a way to do just that after fencer Ruben Limardo won a gold medal.

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//


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