skip to content

Displaying 1-10 of 26
  • Mexico 1968 Athletics Long Jump Final | Video

    Mexico 1968 Athletics Long Jump Final

    Bob Beamon's first jump of the final in Mexcio 1968 was so long that the optical measuring device slid off its rail before reaching Beamon's mark. Using an old-fashioned steel tape, the officials announced the distance as 8.90m. Beamon collapsed, overcome by emotion.
  • Mexico 1968 Athletics High jump men | Video

    Mexico 1968 Athletics High jump men

    Dich Fosbury's technique truly changed the sport at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Despite scepticism from judges and coaches, Fosbury cleared every height up to 2.22 metres without a miss and then achieved a personal record of 2.24 metres to win the gold medal.
  • Mexico 1968 Artistic Gymnastics men rings | Video

    Mexico 1968 Artistic Gymnastics men rings

    Sawao Kato began his Olympic career in 1968 in Mexico City, where he won three gold medals (floor exercises, individual and team combined exercises) and a bronze medal on the rings. He is unquestionably one of the greatest medallists in Olympic history. With 12 medals, eight of them gold, at three different Olympic Games, the Japanese athlete made his mark on sporting history.
  • Grenoble 1968: the magic that lives on | Video

    Grenoble 1968: the magic that lives on

    50 Years on, Grenoble 1968 legacies still live on. The Games led to significant urban infrastructure development, left a cultural impact on the city, and were the first Olympic Games to be broadcast in colour. The Olympic Games also triggered the growth of new sports in France, inspiring a new generation of athletes.
  • Mexico 1968 Artistic Gymnastics women individual all-round | Video

    Mexico 1968 Artistic Gymnastics women individual all-round

    Only two months after Soviet tanks rolled into Prague and despite rudimentary preparation, Vera Caslavska successfully defended her all-around and vault titles from Tokyo 1964, adding two more golds and two silvers. The Mexican people identified with her stand against oppression, and she became the star of the Games.
  • Venezuela takes Épée gold | Video

    Venezuela takes Épée gold

    London 2012 - Venezuela won only its second Olympic gold, its first since 1968, after Ruben Limardo Gascon won the men's Individual Epee, beating Norway's Bartosz Piasecki 15-10.
  • King crowned high jump champion | Video

    King crowned high jump champion

    The men’s high jump at the Olympic Games of 1928 was a strikingly different event to that of today. The now ubiquitous Fosbury Flop, perfected by the American jumper Dick Fosbury to great success at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, was many decades away and the jumpers in Holland used a variety of spectacular techniques with which to clear the bar. Many used an elaborate scissor-kick style, which required a remarkable piece of athleticism and agility to clear the formidable heights, with the winner in Amsterdam expected to go close to the magical barrier of two metres. American Bob King had a technique all of his own. He had had a glittering collegiate career with Stanford and led a strong American field event contingent in Amsterdam.Expectation was high with all but one of the previously contested high jump gold medals going to American athletes. A 35-man field for the qualifying round prolonged the event into a five-hour marathon by the end, with 18 athletes battling their way through to the final round. The bar reached 1.91m and only five athletes made successful clearances. Japan’s Mikio Oda, who won the triple jump gold medal in Amsterdam, bowing out after failing at that height. King and two American team-mates remained alongside Frenchman Claude Menard and Simeon Toribio of the Phillipines. While his rivals persisted with the traditional scissor kick, King’s technique gave him the edge. He ran in at an angle, raising his right leg level with the bar before tucking his left underneath. With the bar raised to 1.94m and the officials wrapped up warm in the evening chill, King recorded the only successful clearance but not until the bar performed a nerve-jangling wobble after the American clipped it with his trailing leg.
  • Jean-Claude Killy sweeps the board - Alpine Skiing | Video

    Jean-Claude Killy sweeps the board - Alpine Skiing

    After he won 12 of 16 World Cup races during the 1966-1967 season, French sports fans hoped that Jean-Claude Killy would sweep all three Alpine skiing events when the Olympic Winter Games were staged in Grenoble, France, in 1968.   Killy began by winning gold in the downhill, slashing across the finish line a mere eight hundredths of a second ahead of French teammate Guy Périllat. Then when, for the first time, the giant slalom contest was decided by a combination of two runs rather than a single run, Killy again won gold -- by more than two seconds.   Killy needed the slalom to complete the Alpine sweep. His second run kept him in the lead until the turn of his closest rival, Karl Schranz. But as Schranz sped through the fog, he skidded to a halt, claiming that someone crossed his path. Granted a rerun, Schranz beat Killy's time and was declared the winner. But a Jury of Appeal disqualified him and awarded gold to Killy.   Killy later served as co-president of the Organising Committee of the 1992 Albertville Olympic Winter Games and became an IOC member in 1995.
back to top Fr