Carlos de Candamo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is de Candamo and the second or maternal family name is Gonzales.
Carlos de Candamo
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Full name Carlos González de Candamo y Rivero
Born February 15, 1871
London, England
Died February 16, 1946(1946-02-16) (aged 75)
Sport Fencing, Rugby, and Tennis
Event(s) 68 kg

Carlos González de Candamo y Rivero (February 15, 1871 – 16 February 1946)[1] was a Peruvian athlete and diplomat.


de Candamo was born in London, England. His father was Ambassador to France for his native country, and his uncle Manuel Candamo, President of Peru.

He played in the first edition of the French Open tennis competition. The next year he won the 1892–93 French Rugby Union Championship with Racing Club de France, predecessor to today's Racing Metro. He is mostly famous for representing Peru at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. He is considered the first Olympic athlete to represent Peru, and was also member of the International Olympic Committee from 1909 to 1922.

He followed the family tradition and became a diplomat, being appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from Peru to the United Kingdom in May 1901.[2] He later served as Peru's French Ambassador and signed the Treaty of Versailles on behalf of his country.[3]


  1. ^ "Carlos González de Candamo y Rivero". Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27313. p. 3282. 14 May 1901.
  3. ^ "Treaty of Versailles 1919 (including Covenant of the League of Nations)". Museum of Australian Democracy. Retrieved 19 August 2012.