Giancarlo Peris

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Giancarlo Peris
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Giancarlo Peris with the Olympic torch at the 1960 Summer Olympics opening ceremony
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1941-11-04) November 4, 1941 (age 72)
Civitavecchia, Italy
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Cross country running

Giancarlo Peris (born November 4, 1941), an Italian track athlete of Greek descent, was the final bearer of the Olympic torch for the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy.[1]


Peris was born in Civitavecchia, a port city on the Tyrrhenian Sea 70 kilometers northwest of Rome. The Italian National Olympic Committee decided that last torchbearer of the Olympic Games, would have been the winner of a junior Cross country running race. He won and he was chosen to be the last torchbearer.[1] However, he was a very promising young half-track athlete, among other things having participated, few months before the opening of the Olympic games, in a competition of the national junior/youth team against Poland.

Currently as of 2004 he teaches history and Italian at the technical high-school "G. Baccelli" of Civitavecchia. He has two sons, aged 35 and 28 years. Besides teaching he is the trainer of a small light athletics club. He also enjoys writing and teaching the writing of verse.

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Ron Clarke & Hans Wikne
Final Summer Olympic Torchbearer
Rome 1960
Succeeded by
Yoshinori Sakai