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Limardo and Fernandez will combat only in the team mode in Chile

Limardo and Fernandez will combat only in the team mode in Chile

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on March 06, 2014

For the tenth edition of the 2014 South American Games, to be held in Santiago, Chile, from March 7 to 18, Silvio Fernandez and Ruben Limardo announced that they will not compete in the individual of sword, but in the team competitions.

The outstanding Venezuelan athletes give way to Francisco Limardo and Kelvin Canas, who will have the responsibility of maintaining the country's hegemony, since Ruben and Silvio have taken the gold in editions 2002, 2006 and 2010, said AVN.

The Olympic champion and first Venezuela native to master sword world rankings analyzed the possibilities of the national team in this series and decided to give the youngest the chance to fight for the title.

"This decision was taking considering the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. These young athletes should gain confidence and the tournament is very good as they have no chance to make mistakes. They need to express their full potential to run for a medal in Brazil," Fernandez explained.

Limardo (Francisco) and Canas, located at positions 29 and 50 in the world rankings, respectively, have completed their first mission in this Olympic cycle, crowned champion and runner-up in the 2013 Bolivarian Games in Peru.

"Ruben and I decided that they should take on the challenge in individual and we are sure they are ready to win. We will fight with team to give the gold to Venezuela," stated Silvio, sixth-best shooter in the International Fencing Federation ranking.

Venezuela scored three consecutive gold medals at the regional event, thanks to Silvio Fernández in 2002 and 2006 and Ruben Limardo in 2010. Similarly, the national team has grabbed the golden metal in the last two editions.

"They have enough experience to climb the podium. It will be more difficult than in the Bolivarian but it is important to have that pressure and face new challenges in this cycle," said Silvio, who also predicted that Venezuelan fencing should provide a lot medals in Chile.

The fencers are expected to travel to the Chilean capital between March 10 and 12 from Europe, to join a national delegation of 377 athletes competing in 29 sports.

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