MEXICO 1968

  • Date of Lighting: August 23, 1968
  • Colour of the torch: silver
  • Height: 52,3cm
  • Weight: 780gr
  • Number of torches: 3.000
  • Number of torchbearers: 2.778
  • First torchbearer: Haris Aivaliotis (100m.)
  • Last torchbearer: Norma Enriqueta Basilio
  • Countries crossed: Greece, Italy, Spain, San Salvador, Mexico
  • Kilometres: 13.620

The 2,000 metres long carpet of flowers, which was laid down in the region of Tlaxcala, especially for the Olympic flame welcome, left all guests speechless with admiration. It was the result of the hard work of about 800 farmers, who volunteered for the project. They kept working from 16:00 until midnight after their regular jobs.

In ancient Olympia, Maria Moscholiou was the High Priestess, while Cypriot sprinter Haris Aivaliotis was the first torchbearer. In Mexico, the Olympic flame arrived by the sea and some 17 swimmers took it to the shore. Each of them swam a 50 metres distance, holding the torch outside the water. There were also two divers who kept checking the area for sharks. Two torches were designed for the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games, one for the torch relay and the other one for the Games themselves.

High Priestess