Basque pelota at the 1968 Summer Olympics

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Basque Pelota was a demonstration sport at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. It was the third time that the sport was included in the Olympic program; it was an official Olympic sport at the 1900 Games in Paris, and a demonstration sport in 1924. It would be included as a demonstration sport once again at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.[1]

Events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Basket-pelota Mirapeix Brothers, Beascoechea, Arrien
 Spain
Etcheverry, Camy, Borra, Fourneau
 France
Hamui Brothers, Andrade, Lanzagorta
 Mexico
Paleta-rubber Becerra, Rendon, Gastelumendi, Baltazar
 Mexico
Sehter, Utge, Goyeche, Caresella
 Argentina
Iroldi, D'Alba, Bell
 Uruguay
Paleta-leather Bareilts Brothers, Berrotaran, Goicoechea
 France
Ancizu, Caballero, Reyzabal, Casado
 Spain
Sanchez, Beltran, Del Valle
 Mexico
Frontenis Loaiza, Hernandez, Sanciprian
 Mexico
Sehter, Utge
 Argentina
Garraus, Lersundi, Irigaray
 Spain
Hand-pelota Esquisabel, Basabe, Sacristan, Iruzubieta
 Spain
Arrillaga, Minondo, Lissar, Etchegoin
 France
Hernández, Tovar, Rivero, Izquierdo
 Mexico

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Spain (ESP) 2 1 1 4
2  Mexico (MEX) 2 0 3 5
3  France (FRA) 1 2 0 3
4  Argentina (ARG) 0 2 0 2
5  Uruguay (URU) 0 0 1 1

Note: Since Basque Pelota was a demonstration sport, medals were awarded, but the medals were not "official" (and did not count in the respective nations' medal totals).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Pelota Vasca en los Juegos Olímpicos" (PDF) (in Spanish). The International Federation of Basque Pelota (FIPV).