|Born||9 May 1968|
|Height||5 ft 10+1⁄2 in (179 cm)|
|Weight||132 lb (60 kg)|
|Updated on 23 May 2015.|
Pérec won the 1991 World Championships 400 metres title in Tokyo and repeated the feat at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg. She was also the 400 metres champion at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. She entered the 200 metres and 400 metres events at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and won both, thus achieving the second-ever Olympic 200 metres/400 metres gold medal double, after Valerie Brisco-Hooks in Los Angeles 1984. Pérec won the 400 metres title in an Olympic record time of 48.25 seconds, which also ranked her as the third fastest woman of all time. It took 23 years until 2019 before Salwa Eid Naser surpassed her mark to push Pérec to number 4 of all time.
The two 1996 Olympic titles were Pérec's last international titles. In 1997 Pérec shifted to the 200 metres but withdrew at the semi-finals in the World Championships that year and barely raced at all in 1998 and 1999. Having not run a 400 metres race since 1996, Pérec began her Olympic title defense by finishing third in Nice, behind eventual Olympic silver and bronze medalists Lorraine Graham and Katharine Merry. It was the last significant race Pérec ran. On 22 September 2000, she pulled out of the 200 metres and 400 metres events of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, several days before they were due to begin. Pérec claimed that she had been threatened and insulted several times since arriving in Australia and that the Australian press, who were supporting Australian athlete Cathy Freeman, had been trying to sabotage her chances of winning the gold medal in the 400 metres.
Life after retirement from athletics
Pérec is a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of more than 70 famous elite athletes committed to promoting peace in the world through sports, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.
Pérec and her partner Sébastien Foucras have one child, a son named Nolan, born 30 March 2010.
On 9 October 2013, Pérec was awarded the Officier de la Légion d'honneur by French President François Hollande in the Élysée Palace. Just before presenting the insignia to Pérec during the award ceremony, Hollande described her as "one of the most brilliant athletes in the history of French athletics". Pérec had received the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1996.
On 16 November 2013, Pérec was inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame.
|Event||Time (seconds)||Wind (m/s)||Date||Venue||All-time ranking|
|100 m||10.96||+1.2||27 July 1991||Dijon, France||43rd (15th)|
|200 m||21.99 (FR)||+1.1||2 July 1993||Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France||21st (9th)|
|400 m||48.25 (FR), (OR)||29 July 1996||Atlanta, Georgia||4th (3rd)|
|400 m hurdles||53.21 (FR)||16 August 1995||Zürich, Switzerland||20th (6th)|
- Rankings outside the brackets are world rankings
- Rankings inside the brackets are European
- FR = French record
- OR = Olympic record
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