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Interesting Facts About Olympic Nations – Peru

Ricardo Duarte is one of the pioneers of basketball players in Peru. He put Peru on the map when was one of the most valuable players in the Olympic Games in 1964.RicardoDuarte Mugi was born in Santa fe de Jauja (Junin, Peru) in 1940.In addition, Ricardo played in two FIBA World Cups (Brazil’63 & Uruguay’67), seven South American championships (Santiago’58, Cordova’59, Niteroi’61, Lima’63, Menodoza’66, Asuncion’68 and Montevideo’69) and three Pan American Games (Sao Paulo ’63, Winnipeg’67, Cali’71). Under his leadership, Peru won the gold 해외축구중계 medal at the 1969 Bolivarian Games in Guayaquil (Ecuador).He also played for many years in the United States. Like Bohdan Likszo (Poland), Amaury Pasos (Brazil) and Aleksader Petrov (USSR/Russia), Ricardo was one of the best basketball players in the 1960s. He was top scorer at the 1967 FIBA World Cup in Montevideo. This sportsman married Sara de las Casas. They have three daughters: Sara, Gippy and Rocio. From 1986 to 1990, Sara Maria, also known as Sammy, was a volleyball player. Ricardo Duarte’s daughter was elected one of the best volleyball players at the 1989 FIVB World Junior Cup in Lima, Peru.

Carmela Bolivar was considered South America’s fastest women in the 1980s. She dominated the 100m and 200m sprints in South American athletic events. She participated at the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow.

Peru competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Barcelona (Spain). Most Peruvian athletes qualified for the Games in athletics, modern pentathlon, shooting, swimming, and tennis.

Peru sent 12 sportspersons to the Summer Olympics in 2004. It participated in 10 sports. Athletics: Alfredo Deza and Ines Melchor. Badminton: Lorena Blanco. Rowing: Gustavo Salcedo.Sailing: Augusto Nicolini. Shooting: Francisco Boza. Swimming: Juan Pablo Valdivieso and Valeria Silva. Table tennis:Marisol Espineira. Tennis: Luis Horna. Weightlifting: Manuela Rejas. Wrestling: Sydney Guzman.

This Latin American nation has won more Olympic medals than Venezuela, Israel, Colombia and Slovenia (1896-2004).

This South American nation has competed in the Olympic Games 16 times: Berlin-1936, London-1948, Melbourne/Stockholm-1956, Rome-1960, Tokyo-1964, Mexico City-1968, Munich-1972, Montreal-1976, Los Angeles-1984, Seoul-1988, Barcelona-1992, Atlanta-1996, Sydney-2000, Athens-2004 an Beijing-2008.

The best Olympic athletes are: Cecilia Tait Villacorta (volleyball/ Olympic silver medalist, 1988), Juan Giha (shooting/ Olympic silver medalist, 1992), Francisco Boza (shooting/ Olympic silver medalist, 1984), Edwin Vasquez Cam (shooting/ Olympic champion, 1948).

The most popular sports in Peru are soccer/football, shooting, volleyball, athletics, tennis, basketball, wrestling, swimming.

Peru sent 13 athletes to the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, which were held in Montreal, Canada. The Peruvian delegation had athletes competing in two areas: volleyball and athletics. Who were they? Volleyball: Maria Ostolaza, Maria Cervera, Maria del Risco, Luisa Fuentes, Silvia Quevedo, Delia Cordova, Luisa Merea, Ana Cecilia Carrillo, Irma Cordova, Teresa Nuñez, Maria Cardenas, Mercedes Gonzales.Track & field: Edith Noeding.

Unlike Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay, Peru did not boycott the 1980 Olympics in the Soviet Union/USSR. Francisco Morales Cerrutti ( President of Peru / 1975-1980 ) did not support the boycott. This South American country sent 30 athletes to the Moscow Games.

Francisco “Pancho” Boza was the first Peruvian to win an Olympic medal since Edwin Vazquez Cam, the shooter in 1948. One of South America’s greatest shooters, Francisco won a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California (USA). Francisco Boza was the flag bearer of the Peruvian Olympic team at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

From 1960 to 2000, Peru was one of the best volleyball teams of the world. It has notable volleyball players such as Luisa Fuentes, Cecilia Tait Villacorta, Mercedes Gonzalez, Gaby Perez del Solar Cuculiza, Paola Paz Soldan, Sonia Ayaucam.

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