Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Date Started: October 21, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Participants: 218 (117 men and 101 women) from 30 countries
Youngest Participant: Laura Rivera (14 years, 5 days)
Oldest Participant: Aleksander Rokosa (32 years, 98 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): Mikhail Voronin (7 medals)
Most Medals (Country): Soviet Union (18 medals)
The 1968 gymnastics events were held at the [Auditorio Nacional], or National Auditorium, in Mexico City. The venue was built in 1952 and hosted the basketball and volleyball events at the 1954 Central American and Caribbean Games, but gymnastics was the only event held there in 1968. It is now primarily used for entertainment events although it did host the 1993 and 2007 Miss Universe competition.
The program in 1968 was the standard one, which began in this form in 1960, with individual and team all-around for both men and women, with women competing in four apparatus finals and men in six. In men's competition, the Japanese surpassed the Soviets for the first time in terms of medals and gold medals won, with 12-9 and 6-2, respectively. Only three nations won medals in women's competition, with the Soviets winning 9, Czechoslovakia 6, and East Germany 3. However, all of Czechoslovakia's medals, and four gold medals, were won by Věra Čáslavská, who was the dominant gymnast in Mexico City.