Biography

 

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Nicknamed the ‘Gazelle’ Marie-Jo Perec is the only French female athlete to be a triple Olympic champion: at the Barcelona Games in 1992 for the 400m and twice in Atlanta in 1996 in the 400m and 200m.

 

She is the second French female athlete to have achieved the double in 200m and 400m in the Olympic Games and the first athlete overall to have won the 400m title during two consecutive Olympic Games.

 

Marie-Jo added two World Champion titles to this exceptional track record (400m in 1991 and 1995), numerous European and national titles, records for the 100m (10.96), the 200m (21.99) and the 400m (48.25) – the 3rd best performance of all time.

 

Since ending her sports career, Marie-Jo has dedicated her time to her family and so many charitable activities, which notably took her to Burundi with the NGO Sports Sans Frontières.