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GAMES OF THE 19 OLYMPIAD

Games of the 19 Olympiad,1968
Start:
12 Oct 1968
End:
27 Oct 1968
Countries:
112
Athletes:
5516
Women:
781
Events:
172
City:
Mexico, Mexico (Akapulko - Sailing)

MEXICO 1968 - Bid History

  • 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.

Games of the 19 Olympiad,1968 - 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.

Summer Olympics 1968 - Medal Table

Gold Medals
Silver Medals
Bronze Medals
Total
1
USA
45
28
34
107
2
29
32
30
91
3
11
7
7
25
4
10
10
12
32
5
GDR
9
9
7
25
6
7
3
5
15
7
7
2
4
13
8
5
11
10
26
9
5
7
5
17
10
5
5
3
13
11
5
2
11
18
12
4
6
5
15
13
3
4
9
16
14
3
4
2
9
15
3
3
3
9
16
3
3
2
8
17
3
3
1
7
18
2
4
3
9
19
2
1
2
5
20
2
1
1
4
21
2
0
0
2
22
1
4
3
8
23
1
3
1
5
24
1
2
1
4
25
1
1
0
2
25
1
1
0
2
27
1
0
2
3
28
1
0
1
2
29
1
0
0
1
29
1
0
0
1
31
0
4
0
4
32
0
2
2
4
33
0
1
4
5
34
0
1
3
4
35
0
1
2
3
36
0
1
1
2
36
0
1
1
2
36
0
1
1
2
39
0
1
0
1
39
0
1
0
1
41
0
0
2
2
42
0
0
1
1
42
0
0
1
1
42
0
0
1
1