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Mexico 1968 - Key Facts

ESPN staff
October 12, 2011
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Al Oerter won his fourth successive Olympic gold in the discus © Getty Images
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Dates
October 12-27

Other candidate cities
Detroit, Lyon, Buenos Aires

Mascot
An unnamed red jaguar

Participants
5,516 (781 women)

Participating nations
112

Sports
18 (plus two demonstration sports -- tennis and jai ala)

Events
172

Medals given out
527

IOC president
Avery Brundage (United States)

Games declared open by
Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, president of Mexico

Last relay bearer of the Olympic flame
Norma Enriqueta Basilio de Soleto (track and field)

Olympic flame lit by
Norma Enriqueta Basilio de Soleto (track and field)

Olympic oath read by
Pablo Lugo Garrido (track and field)

Television rights
About $9.75 million

Accredited journalists
2,249

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