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Basque pelota at the 1968 Summer Olympics


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

Medal table

 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).


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