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1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico (October 12, 1968 to October 27, 1968)
Opening Ceremony: October 12, 1968 (opened by President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: Enriqueta Basilio
Taker of the Olympic Oath: Pablo Garrido (athlete)
Closing Ceremony: October 27, 1968
Events: 172 in 20 sports

Participants: 5,557 (4,774 men and 783 women) from 112 countries
Youngest Participant: PUR Liana Vicens (11 years, 327 days)
Oldest Participant: ESA Roberto Soundy (68 years, 229 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): URS Mikhail Voronin (7 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (107 medals)

Overview

In 1963, the IOC awarded the Olympics to Mexico despite some warnings about the effects of competing at the altitude (2,134 metres) of Mexico City. The warnings would prove prophetic, both for good and bad, but also prominent at Mexico City was the first large-scale incursion of politics directly into the Olympic venues.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 45 28 34 107
2 Soviet Union 29 32 30 91
3 Hungary 10 10 12 32
4 West Germany 5 11 10 26
5 Japan 11 7 7 25
6 East Germany 9 9 7 25
7 Poland 5 2 11 18
8 Australia 5 7 5 17
9 Italy 3 4 9 16
10 France 7 3 5 15
11 Romania 4 6 5 15
12 Czechoslovakia 7 2 4 13
13 Great Britain 5 5 3 13
14 Kenya 3 4 2 9
15 Mexico 3 3 3 9
16 Bulgaria 2 4 3 9
17 Yugoslavia 3 3 2 8
18 Denmark 1 4 3 8
19 Netherlands 3 3 1 7
20 Iran 2 1 2 5
21 Canada 1 3 1 5
22 Switzerland 0 1 4 5
23 Sweden 2 1 1 4
24 Finland 1 2 1 4
25 Cuba 0 4 0 4
26 Austria 0 2 2 4
27 Mongolia 0 1 3 4
28 New Zealand 1 0 2 3
29 Brazil 0 1 2 3
30 Turkey 2 0 0 2
31 Norway 1 1 0 2
32 Ethiopia 1 1 0 2
33 Tunisia 1 0 1 2
34 Uganda 0 1 1 2
35 South Korea 0 1 1 2
36 Belgium 0 1 1 2
37 Argentina 0 0 2 2
38 Venezuela 1 0 0 1
39 Pakistan 1 0 0 1
40 Cameroon 0 1 0 1
41 Jamaica 0 1 0 1
42 India 0 0 1 1
43 Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 1
44 Greece 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Mikhail Voronin (URS) 2 4 1 7
2 Věra Čáslavská (TCH) 4 2 0 6
3 Akinori Nakayama (JPN) 4 1 1 6
4 Jan Henne (USA) 3 1 1 5
5 Charlie Hickcox (USA) 3 1 0 4
6 Don Schollander (USA) 3 1 0 4
7 Sawao Kato (JPN) 3 0 1 4
8 Sue Pedersen (USA) 2 2 0 4
9 Mike Wenden (AUS) 2 1 1 4
10 Mark Spitz (USA) 2 1 1 4
11 Nataliya Kuchinskaya (URS) 2 0 2 4
12 Zinaida Voronina (URS) 1 1 2 4
13 Debbie Meyer (USA) 3 0 0 3
14 Roland Matthes (GDR) 2 1 0 3
15 Ken Walsh (USA) 2 1 0 3
16 Pierre Trentin (FRA) 2 0 1 3
17 Larisa Petrik (URS) 2 0 1 3
18 Kaye Hall (USA) 2 0 1 3
19 Ellie Daniel (USA) 1 1 1 3
20 Linda Gustavson (USA) 1 1 1 3
21 Elaine Tanner (CAN) 0 2 1 3
22 Vladimir Kosinsky (URS) 0 2 1 3
23 Leonid Ilyichov (URS) 0 1 2 3

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