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Triumphant homecoming for Venezuelan gold medalist

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -

Venezuelan fencer Ruben Limardo has received a hero's welcome upon his return home after winning a gold medal at the London Olympics.

   The 27-year-old fencer rode atop a truck through the streets of Caracas, wearing his medal and waving to a crowd.

   He was met at the airport by dozens of cheering fans amid flags and balloons. Limardo was overcome with emotion at the airport and said through tears: "I never imagined they'd receive me like this."

   President Hugo Chavez has declared Limardo a national hero.

   Limardo's gold medal was Venezuela's first since boxer Francisco "Morochito" Rodriguez won gold in the light flyweight division in the 1968 games.

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