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    Tommie Smith and John Carlos - 200 m men - Athletics

    10/09/2013

    Tommie Smith and John Carlos - 200 m men - Athletics Controversy and sporting brilliance in the final of the 200m. Tommie Smith and John Carlos staged a silent protest after coming first and third in ...

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    Enriqueta Basilio - Olympic torch - Athletics

    10/09/2013

    Enriqueta Basilio - Olympic torch - Athletics Hurdler Enriqueta Basilio made history in these Games not by her sporting brilliance, but by something more symbolic. She became the first woman to light ...

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    Klaus Dibiasi - Diving

    26/10/1968

    Klaus Dibiasi - Diving Carlo Dibiasi had finished tenth in the 1936 Olympics, but his son Klaus Dibiasi, was even more of a natural diver.Born in Austria, his parents moved back to Italy when he was a...

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    Mikhail Voronin - Gymnastics

    26/10/1968

    Mikhail Voronin - Gymnastics Many athletes come to the Olympics focused on just one event. A few might take part in two or even three. Swimmers might do more, but very few get to the stage of being go...

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    George Foreman - Boxing

    26/10/1968

    George Foreman - Boxing History records George Foreman as one of the most famous and enduring heavyweight boxers in history, but his career began in 1968 when he arrived as a talented amateur and left...

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    Mexico City 1968: Seventh heaven for USA’s basketballers

    25/10/1968

    Watch our video and relive the final of the men’s basketball tournament at Mexico City 1968, where USA overpowered Yugoslavia to remain the sport’s one and only gold-medal winners since its introducti...

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    Anna Pfeffer - K-2 500 m (kayak double) women

    25/10/1968

    Anna Pfeffer - K-2 500 m (kayak double) women Athletes train for years to do their best at the Olympic Games. They aim to arrive in the best physical shape, with their tactics clear and their preparat...

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    Eulalia Rolińska and Gladys de Seminario - Shooting

    23/10/1968

    Eulalia Rolińska and Gladys de Seminario - Shooting There was a breakthrough in the shooting competition, as it welcomed women for the first time.Eulalia Rolińska, from Poland, and Gladys de Seminari...

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    Mexico City 1968: Backstroke legend Matthes reigns supreme

    22/10/1968

    Roland Matthes is quite simply the greatest backstroke exponent in the history of the Olympic Games. Watch our exclusive archive footage of the East German in action as he claimed the first of his fou...

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    Mexico City 1968: Sergeant Jones jumps to gold

    21/10/1968

    Sergeant Reuben Jones of the Royal Horse Artillery enjoyed his finest hour on 21 October 1968 in Mexico City, jumping a clear round on his mount, The Poacher , to win team eventing gold for Great Brit...

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  • Opening Ceremony Mexico 1968

    For the first time in Olympic history, the flame was transported through water by a swimmer. Mexico’s Eduardo Moreno had the honour of carrying the flame for this part of the Relay

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  • Opening Ceremony Mexico 1968

    Enriqueta Basilio Sotelo climbs the stairs with the Olympic flame

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  • Opening Ceremony Mexico 1968

    Mexican athlete Enriqueta Basilio Sotelo, the first woman to light the Olympic cauldron, climbs the stairs with the Torch

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  • Robert Beamon (USA)

    America’s Robert Beamon produced an amazing achievement in the long jump, setting a world record of 8.90m which remained unbeaten for 23 years…

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  • Lee Evans, Larry James and Ron Freeman (USA)

    On the day after Tommie Smith and John Carlos were sent home, three other Americans achieved a magnificent triple in the 400m: Lee Evans (left) won the gold medal, Larry James (centre) the silver and Ron Freeman (right) the bronze. To show their solidarity with their disgraced compatriots, they wore a black beret during the medals ceremony
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