Great Olympians

Biographies - PER


Louis Percy

Olympic Competitor nr 5117


Marie-José Perec

B. 1968-05-09, Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, France
Track and Field (3 gold)
1992 1996 HP
200 m - gold 6400
400 m gold gold 12800
4 x 100 m fourth sixth 560
19760

Michael Johnson was not the first to double on 200 and 400 m  at the Olympics. Perec did it minutes before him, and Valerie Brisco-Hooks had done it before them in 1984.
She is called "la gazelle" in France.
World Champion at 400 m in 1991 and '95.


António Pereira

Olympic Competitor nr 6157

+wei 1924-28


Jefferson Pérez

B. 1974-07-01, Cuenca, Ecuador
Athletics (1 gold, 1 silver)
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 HP
20 km Walk dnf gold fourth fourth silver 17000
50 km Walk 12th 40
17040


Ioannis Peridis

Olympic Competitor nr 2971


Konstantinos Perimenis

Olympic Competitor nr 2742


Albertus Perk

Olympic Competitor nr 6441


Kieren Perkins

B. 1973-08-14, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Swimming (2 gold, 2 silver)
1992 1996 2000 HP
400 m Free-style silver - - 4000
1500 m Free-style gold gold silver 25200
4 x 200 m Free-style Relay eighth qual - 128
29328

Among his enormous list of amazing achievements are 12 world records, being the first and only person to hold Olympic, World, Commonwealth and Pan Pacific titles simultaneously, and 3 world championship golds, 4 Commonwealth golds and 1 silver, 7 pan pacific golds and 2 silver, and most important, 2 Olympic golds and one silver.
This might not sound like that much, but it was when he still had the 2000 Olympics ahead of him.
At the 1992 Olympics, he shattered the 400m freestyle world record(his own). Evgeni Sadovyi though swam 2 hundreths of a sec. faster, so Perkins got silver.(1 1/2 years later he regained the world record.)
In the 1500m freestyle he swam 14:43.48 to win gold by 18 sec and break the world record by 5 sec(also his own)
At the 1996 Olympics he was very sick, so he failed to qualify for the 400. In the 1500m he managed to qualify last in lane 8. (if he'd been 2 hundreths of a sec. slower he wouldn't have made the final.)
Nobody thought he could possibly win. But, he did. He won in 14:56.80 by 15 m.
It was one of the bravest swims of all time.
He went for a third consecutive gold in Sydney, but came second to his countryman Grant Hackett.
With thanks to Annelisa Johnson of Sydney, who has a website about Perkins :
http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Sideline/2691


Ilmari Pernaja

Olympic Competitor nr 6348


P. Perquer

Olympic Competitor nr 1199


Louis Perrée

Olympic Competitor nr 643


Jules Perret

Olympic Competitor nr 1081


Pierre Perrier

Olympic Competitor nr 869


Charles Perrin

Olympic Competitor nr 1503


Georges Perrin

Olympic Competitor nr 3705


Raphaël Perrissoud

Olympic Competitor nr 290


Marc Perrodon

Olympic Competitor nr 4202


Jean Perronet

Olympic Competitor nr 45


Henry Perry

Olympic Competitor nr 4850


Ioannis Persakis

Olympic Competitor nr 8


Petros Persakis

Olympic Competitor nr 127


Arvid Perslow

Olympic Competitor nr 6933


Jacques Person

Olympic Competitor nr 5569

He was born in Alsace and competed for Strassbourg, so I class him as French, even though he died fighting on the German side in WWI.


Ture Person

Olympic Competitor nr 5493


Birger Personne

Olympic Competitor nr 5459


Axel Wilhelm Persson

Olympic Competitor nr 5654


Ewald Persson

Olympic Competitor nr 5932


Gunnar Persson

Olympic Competitor nr 4491


Martin Persson

Olympic Competitor nr 5888


Nils Persson

Olympic Competitor nr 6910


Wilhelm Persson

Olympic Competitor nr 3782


Boris Pertel

B. 1888-04-21, St. Petersburg, Russia

Olympic Competitor nr 5383


Written 2002-08-22 - last modified 2011-08-12

This page is part of the site "Full Olympians" by Herman De Wael. See here for a full Introduction.