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1968 Mexico City

1968 Mexico City
  • Duration:
    October 12-October 27
  • Nations Participating:
    112 NOC's
  • Events:
  • Competing Athletes:
    5,516 (4,735 men, 781 women)
  • Canadian Competitors:
    138 (110 men, 28 women)

Games of the XIX Olympiad

Canadians won a total of five medals, and one athlete came home with three of them – Elaine “Mighty Mouse” Tanner. Tanner won silver medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke, and teamed with Angela Coughlan, Marilyn Corson and Marion Lay to win bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay. This was Canada’s Olympic debut of its equestrian jumping team of Jim Day, Jim Elder and Tom Gayford. After the first round they were in second place, but came from behind to win Canada’s only gold medal on the last day of the Games. Canada’s fifth medal of the Games belonged to swimmer Ralph Hutton, who won silver in the 400m freestyle.

Olympic Oath (athletes): Pablo Lugo Garrido (athletics)

Olympic Oath (officials): None

Olympic Oath (coaches): None

Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Norma Enriqueta Basilio de Sotelo

Official Opening: President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz

Canadian Medallists







GoldJames Day, James Elder, Thomas GayfordEquestrian - JumpingTeam - Mixed -
SilverElaine TannerAquatics - SwimmingBackstroke 100m - Women -
SilverElaine TannerAquatics - SwimmingBackstroke 200m - Women -
SilverRalph HuttonAquatics - SwimmingFreestyle 400m - Men -
BronzeMarilyn Corson, Angela Coughlan, Marion Lay, Elaine TannerAquatics - SwimmingFreestyle Relay 4x100m - Women -
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