Peter Macken is a legend of Modern Pentathlon and Australian Olympic Teams. The Sydney-born athlete competed at five Olympic Games from Rome 1960 to Montreal 1976. At his first Games he was 46th and combined with Neville Sayers and Hugh Doherty to finish 14th in the team event. At his second Games at Tokyo 1964 he was fourth in the individual event – the best result by an Australian male at the Olympics. And fifth in the team event with Don McMiken and Duncan Page.
At the Mexico 1968 Games he also competed in epée fencing, along with Russell Hobby, Graeme Jennings, Bill Ronald and Duncan Page. Macken joined that exclusive band of Australians to compete in more than one sport at the Olympic Games and remarkably became the third modern pentathlete to achieve this outstanding achievement after Neville Sayers and Duncan Page.