Athlete: Ruben Limardo Gascon
Sport : Men’s fencing individual épée
Which is … : A match in which fencers try to touch each other with the tip of a relatively heavy weapon. Bouts last for three periods of three minutes each or until one fencer has scored 15 hits.
How did he do it? Said Columbia University fencing coach Michael Aufrichtig: “I have seen him fence the past 10 years and today he used his strength to move his opponent to time his fleche [running attack].” Gascon’s bold decision-making, Aufrichtig added, also had a lot to do with getting the gold, pointing in particular to an attack on the toe of the USA’s Seth Kelsey in a semifinal.
Gascon, left, gets a strike in.