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THE GREAT LEAP

1968

12 – 27 October

THE GREAT LEAP

Mexico City was the first time that electronic timekeeping was officially used in all events at the Olympic Games. For those watching, the Games would be remembered for one of the most astonishing long jumps in history. The winning 8.9 m leap broke the record by 55 cm, sending shockwaves around the stadium. More than 40 years later, it remains the Olympic Long Jump record.

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View of the stadium during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico
Poster for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico
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