Games of the 19 Olympiad,1968
Begin1968-10-12
End1968-10-27
Nations112
Participants5516
Women781
Events172
CityMexico, Mexico (Akapulko - Sailing)
  • In October 1963 at the 60th session of the IOC in Baden-Baden, the petitions of the four candidate cities were considered. On the first voting, Mexico City, Mexico recieived 30 of 58 votes and was selected to host Olympics 1968.
  • The other proposed cities were: Detroit, USA - 14 votes, Lyon, France - 12 votes and Buenos-Aires, Argentina - only 2 votes.
  • It was the first Games in Latin America.

Mexico 1968 - Medal Table
1. USA
45
28
34
2. USSR
29
32
30
3. Japan
11
7
7
4. Hungary
10
10
12
5. GDR
9
9
7
6. France
7
3
5
7
2
4
8. FRG
5
11
10
5
7
5
5
5
3
11. Poland
5
2
11
12. Romania
4
6
5
13. Italy
3
4
9
14. Kenya
3
4
2
15. Mexico
3
3
3
3
3
2
3
3
1
18. Bulgaria
2
4
3
19. Iran
2
1
2
20. Sweden
2
1
1
21. Turkey
2
0
0
22. Denmark
1
4
3
23. Canada
1
3
1
24. Finland
1
2
1
25. Ethiopia
1
1
0
25. Norway
1
1
0
1
0
2
28. Tunisia
1
0
1
29. Pakistan
1
0
0
29. Venezuela
1
0
0
31. Cuba
0
4
0
32. Austria
0
2
2
0
1
4
34. Mongolia
0
1
3
35. Brazil
0
1
2
36. Belgium
0
1
1
36. Korea
0
1
1
36. Uganda
0
1
1
39. Cameroon
0
1
0
39. Jamaica
0
1
0
41. Argentina
0
0
2
42. Taiwan
0
0
1
42. Greece
0
0
1
42. India
0
0
1
Games of the 19 Olympiad,1968 - Some interesting facts
  • The Games of the 19 Olympiad were officially opened by President of Mexico Gustavo Diaz Ordaz at the rennovated 83,700-seat Olympic Stadium and, for the first time, a woman lit the Olympic flame - she was a young Mexican athlete Enriqueta Basilio.
  • South Africa was banned from participating in the Olympic Games again after protest of African countries because of South Africa's racist policy of apartheid.
  • High altitude of Mexico City, that was situated 2240m above sea level, helped to reach the high results in some events. Thus, the incredible jump of 8.90 meters made by Robert Beamon of the USA, was beat only 5 cm in 1991 by American athlete Mike Powell.
  • Richard Fosbury of the USA showed new technique of high jumping, which was named as fosbury flop.
  • Drug testing was introduced in 1968.
  • For the first time, Tartan, a synthetic material, was used for athletics tracks.
1968 United States Olympic Book
Poster and Medals