Liesl Perkaus

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameElisabeth "Liesl"•Perkaus (-Richter)
Used nameLiesl•Perkaus
Born24 May 1905 in Wien (Vienna), Wien (AUT)
Died27 January 1987 in Mistelbach, Niederösterreich (AUT)
AffiliationsDanubia, Wien (AUT)
NOC Austria


Versatile track & field athlete Liesl Perkaus was Austrian champion in 100 metres (1926), 200 metres (1924-1926), 4×100 metres relay (1927), long jump (1924), shot put (1926-1930, 1932-33), discus throw (1926, 1928-1931, 1933-34), javelin throw (1924 and 1926), and pentathlon ([100-HJ-80H-DT-JT], 1928 and 1931). Perkaus then participated in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics and finished sixth in the discus. In 1930 she won a shot bronze medal at the Women’s World Games.

Perkaus set several world records and was one of the best Austrian athletes of her time. She also set 20 Austrian records and collected 25 national titles. She was later the grandmother of Olympian divers Anja Richter-Libiseller and Jürgen Richter.

Personal Best: DT – 38.78 (1931).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics AUT Liesl Perkaus
Discus Throw, Women (Olympic) 6

Olympic family relations

Special Notes