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]


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

Medal table[edit]

1 Spain (ESP)2114
2 Mexico (MEX)2035
3 France (FRA)1203
4 Argentina (ARG)0202
5 Uruguay (URU)0011
Totals (5 nations)55515

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).


  1. ^ "La Pelota Vasca en los Juegos Olímpicos" (PDF) (in Spanish). The International Federation of Basque Pelota (FIPV). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-09-20.