Peru at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Peru competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation's official debut in 1936, Peruvian athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games throughout the modern era. Peru failed to register any athletes at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

Peru at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Peru.svg
NOCPeruvian Olympic Committee (in Spanish)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors29 in 11 sports
Flag bearerFrancisco Boza[1]
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Peruvian Olympic Committee (Spanish: Comité Olímpico Peruano) sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games without any association to the women's volleyball team for the first time in history. A total of 29 athletes, 17 men and 12 women, were selected to the Peruvian squad across eleven sports.[2][3] Among the sporting events represented by the nation's athletes, Peru marked its Olympic debut in artistic gymnastics and women's freestyle wrestling, as well as its return to equestrian for more than three decades.

Trap shooter and 1984 silver medalist Francisco Boza etched his name into the historic records as the first ever Peruvian to compete in eight Olympic Games. The oldest and the most experienced participant (aged 52), Boza reprised his role to lead the Peruvian team for the third time as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony, the previous two doing so in Barcelona 1992 and Athens 2004.[1] Apart from Boza, seven other athletes were returning Olympians, with only two headed to their third Games, including marathoner Inés Melchor and Laser Radial sailor Paloma Schmidt. 21 Peruvian athletes made their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro; the most notable were middle-distance runner and dual American citizen David Torrence and gymnast Ariana Orrego, the youngest of the roster (aged 18).[2][4]

Peru, however, failed to win a single medal in Rio de Janeiro, continuing a drought that began at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, where shooter Juan Giha took the silver in the mixed skeet. Peru's most successful outcome at these Games occurred in taekwondo, where Julissa Diez bounced back from her early elimination to finish seventh in the women's 49 kg, losing the repechage bout to Thailand's Panipak Wongpattanakit.[5]

Athletics (track and field)Edit

Peruvian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[6][7]

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
  • NM = No mark
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Final
Result Rank Result Rank
David Torrence 5000 m 13:23.20 NR 10 q 13:43.12 15
Luis Ostos 10000 m N/A 28:02.03 21
Raúl Machacuay Marathon N/A 2:18:00 45
Christian Pacheco N/A 2:18:41 52
Raúl Pacheco N/A 2:20:13 66
Paolo Yurivilca 20 km walk N/A 1:24:48 41
Luis Henry Campos 50 km walk N/A DNF
Pavel Chihuán N/A 4:32:37 48
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Jovana de la Cruz Marathon 2:35.49 36
Inés Melchor DNF
Gladys Tejeda 2:29.55 15
Kimberly García 20 km walk 1:32:09 14
Jessica Hancco 1:39:08 51
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Arturo Chávez Men's high jump 2.22 29 Did not advance


Peru has entered one jumping rider into the Olympic equestrian competition by virtue of a top six individual finish at the 2015 Pan American Games, scheduling to mark the nation's Olympic comeback for the first time since 1984.[8][9]


Athlete Horse Event Qualification Final Total
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round A Round B
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Alonso Valdéz Chief Individual 6 51 Q 16 22 56 Did not advance



Peru has entered one artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition for the first time. Ariana Orrego became the nation's first ever female gymnast to claim an Olympic spot in the apparatus and all-around events at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[10]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
Ariana Orrego Floor N/A 13.166 13.166 54 Did not advance


Peru has qualified one judoka for the men's extra-lightweight category (60 kg) at the Games. London 2012 Olympian Juan Postigos earned a continental quota spot from the Pan American region, as the highest-ranked Peruvian judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[11][12]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Juan Postigos Men's −60 kg Bye   Safarov (AZE)
L 000–011
Did not advance


Peru has qualified one boat each in the men's and women's single sculls for the Olympics at the 2016 Latin American Continental Qualification Regatta in Valparaiso, Chile.[13][14]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Renzo León García Men's single sculls 7:21.04 4 R 7:25.55 2 QF 7:30.91 6 SC/D 7:37.34 5 FD 7:02.28 20
Camila Valle Women's single sculls 9:30.60 5 R 8:32.66 6 SE/F Bye 9:11.91 4 FF 9:18.24 31

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage


Peruvian sailors have qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the individual fleet World Championships, and South American qualifying regattas.[15][16][17]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Stefano Peschiera Men's Laser 37 40 16 16 28 22 21 27 35 DNF EL 242 31
Paloma Schmidt Women's Laser Radial 31 26 29 27 29 30 18 32 30 29 EL 248 31

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race


Peruvian shooters have achieved quota places for the following events by virtue of their best finishes at the 2015 Pan American Games, as long as they obtained a minimum qualifying score (MQS) by March 31, 2016.[18]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Francisco Boza Men's trap 109 28 Did not advance
Marko Carrillo Men's 10 m air pistol 566 43 N/A Did not advance
Men's 25 m rapid fire pistol 557 24 N/A Did not advance
Men's 50 m pistol 536 35 N/A Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)


Peru has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[19][20][21]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Nicholas Magana Men's 100 m freestyle 51.53 53 Did not advance
Andrea Cedrón Women's 200 m freestyle 2:05.33 39 Did not advance


Peru entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition at the Olympics. Julissa Diez secured a spot in the women's flyweight category (49 kg) by virtue of her top two finish at the 2016 Pan American Qualification Tournament in Aguascalientes, Mexico.[22]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Julissa Diez Women's −49 kg   Kim S-h (KOR)
L 2–10
Did not advance   Wongpattanakit (THA)
L 2–4
Did not advance 7


Peru has qualified one male weightlifter for the Rio Olympics by virtue of a top seven national finish at the 2016 Pan American Championships. Meanwhile, an unused women's Olympic spot was added to the Peruvian weightlifting team by IWF, as a response to the vacancy of women's quota places in the individual World Rankings and to the "multiple positive cases" of doping on several nations.[23] The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.[24]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Hernán Viera Men's −105 kg 151 16 200 14 351 13
Fiorella Cueva Women's −53 kg 65 12 88 11 153 11


Peru has received a spare host berth freed up by Brazil as the next highest-ranked eligible nation, not yet qualified, to send a wrestler competing in the women's freestyle 58 kg to the Olympics, based on the results from the World Championships.[25][26]


  • VT – Victory by Fall.
  • PP – Decision by Points – the loser with technical points.
  • PO – Decision by Points – the loser without technical points.
  • ST – Technical superiority – the loser without technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.
Women's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Yanet Sovero −58 kg Bye   Rentería (COL)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 18

See alsoEdit


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