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) 4 November 1941 (age 75)
Civitavecchia, Italy
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Cross country running

Giancarlo Peris (born 4 November 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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  1. ^ a b "Giancarlo Peris:From Rome 1960 to Beijing 2008". Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. 

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