CARLOS PÉREZ RIAL (PERUCHO)

OLYMPIC GOLD IN PEKÍN 2008, 8 MEDALS IN OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS AND 7 MEDALS IN THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Carlos Pérez Rial, (born April 12, 1979 in Cangas do Morrazo, Pontevedra) nicknamed “Perucho”, is a Spanish sprint canoer who has been competing since 1999. Competing in two Summer Olympics, he won a gold in the K-2 500 m event at Beijing in 2008.

Pérez won seven medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with three golds (K-1 200 m: 2005, K-1 4 × 200 m: 2009, 2010) and four silvers (K-1 200 m: 2006, K-1 500 m: 2003, K-2 200 m: 2009, 2010). Perucho is a member of the Piragüismo Aldán club. He is 182 cm (6’0″) tall and weighs 84 kg (185 lb)