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PEE
An urgent need to relieve himself caused a judge to leave his position on the finishing line of the 3000 m steeplechase. The runners did 3400 m, a whole extra lap.On a more serious note, urine tests ...


PELOTA
Pelota or jai-alai, a very fast relative of squash, was a demonstration sport at the Olympic games of 1924, 1968 and in Barcelona in 1992, but was not on the programme at Atlanta four years later.The ...


PENTATHLON
At Olympia in classical times this was the most important of the games, the one for which the crown of olive leaves was most highly prized. According to Aristotle it crowned "the finest man in Greece"...


PENTATHLON, MODERN
Pierre de Coubertin, full of admiration for the tales and exploits of the pentathletes in classical times, asked the organisers of the 1912 Stockholm games to revive the event.In order to bring it up ...


PEPONNET Thierry (1959) and PILLOT Luc (1959) France / Yachting
Luc Pillot is as tall and hefty as Thierry Peponnet is short and stocky. On the same boat the small man holds the tiller while the big one does the hauling.Having already got the bronze medal in the 4...


PEREC Marie-José (1969) France / Track and field
The greatest French woman athlete of all times. Her record speaks for itself.She was twice world champion and three times Olympic champion of the long sprint over 200 and 400 m.It was in the 1991 worl...


PEREZ Jefferson - Ecuador / Track and Field
By winning the 20 km event at the Atlanta games this walker became the first Ecuadorian to win an Olympic gold medal. Pérez also had 4th place finishes in the 20 km walk at the 2000 Summer Olympics in...


PERILLAT Guy (1940) France / Alpine skiing
This great downhill skier would no doubt have deserved to be an Olympic champion, but had to make do with several silver medals in the world cup events and in the Olympic games in the 1960s.Guy Périll...


PERKINS Kieren (1973) Australia / Swimming
In what seems to be almost a tradition in Australia, this swimmer came to the sport following health problems in early childhood.He had gone through a plate glass door while playing with his brother, ...


PETERSON John (1948) Benjamin (1950) United States / Wrestling
These two brothers have shared a strange path through the circles of Olympic wrestling. Both won a gold and silver medal,and both were beaten in Olympic finals by the same opponent: the Soviet Levian ...


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