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 73)
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 the last torchbearer of the Olympic Games would be the winner of a junior Cross country running race. Peris won and was chosen to be the last torchbearer.[1] Peris was also a promising track athlete and few months before the opening of the Olympic games he competed for his country's national junior/youth team against Poland.

He later became a teacher of history and Italian at the technical high-school "G. Baccelli" of Civitavecchia. He also coached at a small athletics club.

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