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Famous Athletes from Peru

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List of famous athletes from Peru, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Peru has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Peruvian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Peru and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Peru then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Peruvian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Peru?"

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George Forsyth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
Alianza Lima

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Nationality: Germany, Venezuela, Peru

Position: Goalkeeper

George Forsyth may refer to George Forsyth (footballer) (born 1982), Peruvian international footballer George Forsyth (harbourmaster) (1843–1894), Fremantle harbourmaster George Alexander ...more
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Denisse Fajardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Denisse Fajardo García (born July 1, 1964 in Lima) is a retired Peruvian volleyball player, and a three-time Olympian for her native country. She won the silver medal at the 1988 Olympic ...more
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Roberto Merino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
S.S. Juve Stabia

Birthplace: Chiclayo, Peru

Nationality: Spain, Peru

Position: Midfielder

Roberto Merino Ramírez (born 19 May 1982) is a Peruvian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder. He also holds Spanish citizenship, due to the many years spent in the
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Roberto Carcelen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Nationality: United States of America, Peru

Roberto Carcelen is an Olympic Cross-Country Skier from Peru.
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Claudia Rivero is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
Claudia Rivero

Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Claudia Rivero Modenesi (born 28 November 1986 in Lima) is a Peruvian badminton player. She won the bronze medal in the singles and mixed doubles category at the 2007 and the 2011 Pan American ...more
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Óscar Ibá&... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
Universitario de Deportes

Birthplace: Presidencia Roque Sáenz Peña, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Peru

Position: Goalkeeper

Óscar Manuel Ibáñez Holzmann (born 8 August 1967 in Roque Sáenz Peña, Argentina) is a Peruvian football goalkeeper, who made his debut for the national team on ...more
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Ramón Quiroga is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
Ramón Quiroga

Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Peru

Position: Goalkeeper

Ramón Quiroga Arancibia (born 23 July 1950) is a Peruvian former football player and coach. A goalkeeper, he obtained 40 caps playing for the Peru national football team.He is currently a ...more
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Luisa Cervera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Nationality: Peru

Luisa Cervera (born to Lima, Peru July 4, 1964) is a former Peruvian volleyball player. She received a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul, after playing the Soviet Union in the ...more
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Alejandra de la Guerra ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Nationality: Peru

Alejandra de la Guerra (born February 14, 1968) is a former Peruvian volleyball player, who won the silver medal with the Women's National Team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South
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Miriam Gallardo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Nationality: Peru

Miriam Gallardo (born May 2, 1968) is a retired volleyball player from Peru. She won the silver medal with the Women's National Team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. She also ...more
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Luis Horna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Luis Horna Biscari (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis ˈoɾna]; born 14 September 1980 in Lima) is a former tour professional tennis player from Peru, who turned professional in 1998. Known by his ...more
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Julio César de An... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Birthplace: Salvador, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil, Peru

Position: Forward

Julio César de Andrade Moura, more commonly known as Julinho (born October 31, 1965 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) is a retired football striker from Brazil, who obtained the Peruvian ...more
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Bianca Botto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
Bianca Botto

Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Bianca Botto-Arias (born 6 June 1991) is a Peruvian former tennis player. In her career, Botto won 15 singles and five doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 20 April 2015, she achieved ...more
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Sara Joya is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Nationality: Peru

Sara Joya Lobaton (born February 22, 1976) is a volleyball player from Peru, who plays as a middle-blocker. She represented her country at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Teodoro Fernández... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Birthplace: San Vicente de Cañete, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Position: Forward

Teodoro Fernández Meyzán (born 20 May 1913 in Cañete — died 17 September 1996 in Lima), nicknamed "Lolo", was a Peruvian football striker. Arguably one of Peru's ...more
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Karen Horning is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
Karen Horning

Nationality: Peru

Karen Horning (born November 28, 1966) is a former female breaststroke swimmer, who swam for Peru at the 1988 Summer Olympics. At the Games, she finished in 28th (100 m breaststroke) and in 24th ...more
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Raul Geller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Birthplace: Quillabamba, Peru

Nationality: Israel, Peru

Dr. Raul Geller was a Peruvian-Israeli footballer and the third all time leading scorer of Beitar Jerusalem
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Ángel Uribe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Position: Forward

Ángel Uribe Sánchez, (29 September 1943 in Ancón, Lima – 17 October 2008 in Ancón Lima) was a football forward player from Peru who played his entire club career for
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Laura Arraya is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
Laura Arraya

Birthplace: Córdoba, Argentina

Nationality: Peru

Laura Arraya (born 12 January 1964) is a retired Peruvian tennis player. She was also known by her married name, Laura Gildemeister.
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John Galliquio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
John Galliquio Universitario de Deportes

Birthplace: Ica, Peru, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Position: Defender

John Christian Galliquio Castro (born 1 December 1979) Peruvian footballer who currently plays for Serrato Pacasmayo centre-back. He was called to play for the Peru national football team for ...more
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Juan Manuel Vargas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
Juan Manuel Vargas ACF Fiorentina

Birthplace: Magdalena del Mar, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Position: Defender, Forward, Midfielder

Juan Manuel Vargas Risco (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwam maˈnwel ˈβaɾɣas]; born 5 October 1983) is a Peruvian footballer that played as a left back. Vargas' previous clubs include Universitario, ...more
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Raúl Ferná... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
Raúl Fernández OGC Nice

Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Position: Goalkeeper

Raúl Omar Fernández Valverde (Spanish pronunciation: [ɾaˈul feɾˈnandeð βalˈβeɾðe]; born 6 October 1985 in Lima, Peru) is a professional Peruvian football goalkeeper who ...more
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Hernán Rengifo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
Hernán Rengifo AC Omonia

Birthplace: Chachapoyas, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Position: Forward

Hernán Rengifo Trigoso (born 18 April 1983) is a Peruvian footballer who plays as a striker in the Peruvian Primera División for Real Garcilaso.
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Alejandro Villanueva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru

Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Position: Forward

Carlos Alejandro Villanueva Martínez (4 June 1908 – 11 April 1944) was a Peruvian footballer who played for Alianza Lima and the Peru national football team. He is considered one of the ...more
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Luis Advíncula is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Peru
Luis Advíncula Sporting Cristal

Birthplace: Chincha Alta, Peru

Nationality: Peru

Position: Defender, Forward, Midfielder

Luis Jan Piers Advíncula Castrillón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis aðˈβiŋkula]; born 2 March 1990) is a Peruvian professional footballer who plays for Rayo Vallecano and the ...more