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Olympic Games Results Mexico 1968


Initially, the high altitude, 2,300m of Mexico city served as a major hindrance in its route towards becoming the host of 1968 Olympics Games. Later, it was found that the altitude actually was advantageous for sports events including jumping, short-distance running and weightlifting. It was the high altitude of Mexico that led to creation of world records in all men's races of 400m or shorter in addition to long jump and triple jump. An impressive 112 NOCs and 5,516 athletes took part in 172 events.

When it comes to nations that won maximum number of medals, the United States of America made it to the first spot by earning 45 gold, 28 silver and 34 bronze medals. Then there were USSR, Japan, Hungary, German Democratic Republic and so on, gaining key positions on the medals table. It was during the 1868 Mexico Olympic Games that Mexican hurdler Enriqueta Basilio became the first woman to light the cauldron at the Games' Opening Ceremony. Additionally, Dick Frosbury won the men's high jump by following a new style, now known as the "Fosbury Flop". Another interesting point to note about the 1968 Mexico Games was that for the very first time all the winners had to undergo a doping test.



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