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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 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.
1951: South American Championship-3rd place
1955: Pan American Games-3rd place
1956: South American Championship-3rd place
1958: South American Championship-2nd place
1959: Pan American Games-3rd place
1960: World Championship-6th place
1961: South American Championship-2nd place
1962: South American Championship-2nd place ; World Championship-8th place
1963: Pan American Games-4th place
1964: South American Championship-1st place
1967: World Championship-4thplace; Pan American Games-2nd place; South American Championship-1st place
1968: Olympic Games-4th place
1969: South American Championship-1st place
1970: World Championship-15th place
1971: Pan American Games-2nd place; South American Championship-1st place
1973: World Cup-4th place; South American Championship-1st place
1974: World Championship-9th place
1975: Pan American Games-2nd place; South American Championship-1st place
1976: Olympic Games-7th place; South American Junior Championship-2nd place;
1977: World Cup-5th place; South American Championship-1st place; World Junior Championship-10th place
1978: World Championship-10th place
1979: Pan American Games-2nd place; South American Championship-1st place
1980: Olympic Games-6th place; South American Junior Championship-1st place
1981: South American Championship-2nd place ; World Junior Championship-2nd place
1982: World Championship-2nd place; Liberation Cup- 1st place; South American Junior Championship-1st place
1983: South American Championship-1st place; Liberation Cup- 1st place; Pan American Games-3rd place; Moscow Spartakiada-5th place
1984: Olympic Games-4th place; Liberation Cup- 1st place
1985: World Cup-5th place; South American Championship-1st place; World Junior Championship-8th place
1986: Good Will Games- 2nd place; World Championship-3rd place; South American Junior Championship-1st place; Samaranch Cup-1st place; United Kingdom Cup-1st place; FIVB Cup-2nd place; Nations Cup-1st place; Liberation Cup-1st place
1987: Pan American Games-2nd place; World Junior Championship-7th place ; South American Championship-1st place; NHK Cup-2nd place; Liberation Cup- 1st place; Pre World Cup-1st place
1988: Olympic Games-2nd place; South American Junior Championship-1st place; Four Olympics-3rd place
1989: South American Championship-1st place; World Junior Championship-4th place; World Cup-5th place
1990: World Championship-6th place; Good Will Games-4th place
1991: South American Championship-1st place; Pan American Games-3rd place; World Cup-5th place; World Junior Championship-11th place
1993: South American Championship-1st place
1994: World Championship-13rd place
1995: World Cup-2nd place; South American Championship-2nd place; Pan American Games-5th place
1996: Olympic Games-3rd place
1997: World Cup-3rd place; South American Championship-2nd place
1998: World Championship-11th place
1999: Pan American Games-6th place; World Cup-3rd place; South American Championship-3rd place
2000: Olympic Games-11th place
2001: South American Championship-1st place; World Junior Championship-1st place
2002: World Championship-7th place
2003: South American Championship-2nd place; Pan American Games-7th place
2005: South American Championship-2nd place
2006: World Championship-17th place; American Cup-1st place
2007: South American Championship-2nd place; Pan American Games-4th place
Alejandro Guevara Onofre: He is a freelance writer. Alejandro is of Italian, African and Peruvian ancestry. He has published more than seventy-five research paper in English, and more than twenty in Spanish, concerning the world issues, Olympic sports, countries, and tourism. His next essay is called “The Dictator and Alicia Alonso". He is an expert on foreign affairs. Alejandro is the first author who has published a world-book encyclopedia in Latin America.
He admires Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter), José Gamarra (former president of the Bolivian Olympic Committee ,1970- 1982), Hillary Clinton (ex-First Lady of the USA), and Jimmy Carter (former President of the USA). Alejandro said: “The person who I admire the most is José Gamarra . He devoted his professional and personal life to sport. José played an important role in the promotion of Olympism in Bolivia -it is one of the Third World`s poorest countries- and Latin America. His biography is interesting". The sportspeople he most admire is Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman. “This African-American sportswoman is my idol. . . “