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Mexico City 1968 Olympics

The Mexico City: Mexico City is the capital of Mexico . It is also the largest city of Mexico . Mexico City is referred as a mega polis. Mexico City is located in the valley of Mexico surrounded by many volcanoes. Mexico City is one of the great cultural, educational, economic and tourist centers of the world. There are many frequently visited tourist places in Mexico like Tula, Tepotzotlán, Acolman, Cuernavaca, Xochicalco, Tepoztlán, Taxco, Toluca, Puebla, Monte Albán, Tuxtla, Gutierrez, San Cristobel de las Casas, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Querétaro, San Luis Potosi and many more.

The Nineteenth Olympiad: The 1968 Summer Games were officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad. Mexico City, the capital of Mexico hosted the Games in the year 1968.

Venue: The Nineteenth Olympiad was held at the Estadio Olimpico Universiyario in Mexico City in Mexico. The stadium was located in Ciudad Universiteria in mexico . The stadium was built in 1952 . It was the largest stadium in Mexico at that time. The stadium had a capacity of 80,000 spectators . The stadium was used for track and field competitions; soccer matches the arrival of marathon and for opening and closing ceremonies of the nineteenth Olympiad .

Participants: 5530 competitors from 112 countries took part in the nineteenth Olympiad . The participating countries were Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Honduras, Bulgaria, Burma, Cameroon, Canada, Central Africa, Ceylon, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Congo Democratic Republic, Costa Rica, Cote d'lvoire, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany Democratic Republic, Germany Federal Republic, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea people Republic, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagaskar, Malaysia, Malta, Mali, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, San Marino, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Spain, Sudan, Surinam, Syria, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Republic, U.S.S.R., U.S.A.,US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia and Zambia.

Events: In the nineteenth Olympiad there were 172 events in 20 sports. Medals were awarded for athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, hockey, modern pentathlon, rowing, shooting, swimming, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling and yachting.

Medal Count: United States won the maximum number of medals in the Nineteenth Summer Games with a total of 107 medals ( 45 gold, 28 silver and 34 bronze) . U.S.S.R. Won 29 gold medals .

A Brief Description of the Nineteenth Olympiad: The Nineteenth Summer Games were held from 12 th October to 27 th October in the year 1968 in Mexico City , the capital city of Mexico. The Games were officially opened by President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz . The athletes uttered Olympic oath led by Pablo Garrido. In the stadium, the Olympic Flame was lit by Norma Enriqueta Basilio de Sotelo .

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