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LUGONES RUGGERI Jesus Andres

Rank17
Pts75.00
Age27
HandR

Personal Information

Residence Budapest, HUN

Occupation Armed Forces, Athlete

Languages English, Hungarian, Spanish

Higher education Criminology - Salta Catholic University: Argentina

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
Zone Championships1--1
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-15
--11
San-Jose (COSTA RICA), 2016-04-16
2316
Belgrade (SERBIA), 2016-10-15Split (CROATIA), 2015-05-16Split (CROATIA), 2016-05-14
Belgrade (SERBIA), 2017-09-23Split (CROATIA), 2018-04-28
Split (CROATIA), 2018-10-14

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age seven in Mendoza, Argentina.

Why this sport? He was inspired to take up the sport after watching films such as 'The Mask of Zorro' that featured fencing. "I liked the freedom that fencing gives to me. I always depend of myself and the mental aspect plays an important role during bouts." He joined the fencing school at the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, where a friend of his mother practised the sport.

Club / Team Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires [ARG] / Army [ARG] / Honved [HUN]:

Name of coach Ferenc Diera [personal], HUN

Handedness Right

General Interest

Hobbies Supporting Argentine football club Independiente. (toucheworld.com, 17 Sep 2018)

Memorable sporting achievement Finishing sixth at the 2017 World Championships in Leipzig, Germany, and claiming gold at the 2018 Pan American Championship in Havana, Cuba. (toucheworld.com, 17 Sep 2018; losandes.com.ar, 27 Dec 2018)

Most influential person in career Coach Marisil Puga. (losandes.com.ar, 27 Dec 2018)

Hero / Idol US fencer Race Imboden. (eliteamateur.blogspot.com, 31 May 2012)

Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He listens to music before every bout. (toucheworld.com, 17 Sep 2018)

Awards and honours He won the Silver Olimpia Award for Fencer of the Year in Argentina in 2017 and 2018. (diariouno.com.ar, 20 Dec 2017; infobae.com, 15 Dec 2018)

In 2018 he received an acknowledgement from the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. (losandes.com.ar, 27 Dec 2018, deportes.uncuyo.edu.ar, 11 Jun 2018)

Famous relatives His cousin Guillermo Ruggeri represented Argentina in 400m hurdles at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (diariouno.com.ar, 03 Oct 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jul 2018)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (clarin.com, 16 Sep 2017)

Other information MOVE TO HUNGARY
In 2015 he relocated to Budapest, Hungary, to train alongside the Hungarian national team. "Fencing is a national sport here [in Hungary]. The fencers I train with are professionals and make their living with the sport. Training among the best and getting along with athletes of the highest level helps me a lot. The truth is that I hit the jackpot." (clarin.com, 16 Sep 2017)

EARLY DAYS
He took up the sport at age seven in Mendoza, Argentina. Two years later he relocated with his family to the United States of America where he stayed until 2010. He continued practising fencing in the United States of America before returning to Mendoza, Argentina. He initially trained in foil but took up epee after returning to Argentina. "I felt more comfortable with that weapon and I could train well in Argentina." (clarin.com, 16 Sep 2017)

ARMED FORCES
He entered the Argentine army in 2014 as a volunteer athlete soldier. He represents the Army in national competitions and takes part in the Military Games. (losandes.com.ar, 27 Dec 2018)

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