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Mexico City
1968

DateOctober 12 - October 28
CountryMexico
Athletes5516
Teams112
Events172
Mexico City 1968
Mexico 1968 Official Film | The Olympics in Mexico
Originals02:34:07
Design Focus: Mexico 1968
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Artistic Gymnastics
Beamon Soars To Long Jump Record in Mexico 1968
Originals04:27
Bob BEAMON
Fosbury Revolutionises High Jump in Mexico 1968
Originals04:23
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About the Games

High Altitude

The choice of Mexico City to host the 1968 Olympic Games proved to be a controversial one because of the city's high altitude above sea level: 2,300m. It was the first times the Games had taken place in Latin America, and the altitude proved an advantage in the events which needed a brief, but intense effort, such as short-distance running (up to 800m), jumping, throwing and weightlifting. But the rarefied air proved disastrous for those competing in endurance events that lasted longer than two minutes, such as long-distance and middle-distance running, swimming and cycling.

Records Tumble

The high altitude led to world records in all of the men’s races that were 400m or shorter, plus the long jump and triple jump. Probably the most memorable achievement was Bob Beamon’s spectacular long jump of 8.90m—a world record that would last for 22 years.

Olympic Firsts

Mexican hurdler Enriqueta Basilio became the first woman to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony. Wyomia Tyus of the U.S. became the first athlete to win the 100m twice. Dick Fosbury won the men’s high jump with a new jumping style now known as the “Fosbury Flop”, and for the first time, winners had to undergo a doping test (narcotics, stimulants).

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Mexico City
1968

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Mexico 1968 Athletics High jump men
Highlights01:20
Richard Douglas FOSBURY
Mexico City
1968

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