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Mexico 1968 - Quick hits
The highlight of the Games was American Bob Beamon's astonishing 8.90-meter leap for the long jump gold, which beat the previous mark by 55 centimeters. His record stood until another American, Mike Powell, lept 8.95 meters at the 1991 world championships in Tokyo.
Ethiopian Mamo Wolde, who won the marathon, was arrested in 1992 and thrown in prison for his part in the Red Terror, a violent dictatorial regime in his country in 1977 and '78.
The home team was unable to take advantage of competing in its own backyard, coming away with only three gold medals -- two in the boxing ring (Ricardo Delgado and Antonio Roldan) and one in the swimming pool (Felipe Munoz).
In the superheavyweight division, a man who would become a boxing legend, George Foreman, punched his way to gold.
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