October 18, 1968 in Sport

Day of the Week: Friday

Events in Sport

  • A rare Australian 1-2 in track & field; Maureen Caird in Olympic record 10.39s beats team mate Pam Kilborn by 0.07s to win the 80m hurdles at the Mexico City Games
  • American athletes sweep the medals in the men's 400m at the Mexico City Olympics; Lee Evans wins gold in world record 43.86s ahead of Larry James and Ron Freeman
  • American long jumper Bob Beamon sets an incredible world record (8.90m, 29' 2½") in high altitude at the Mexico City Olympics; 0.55m (22") improvement over previous world record
  • American swimmer Don Schollander anchors US 4 × 200m freestyle relay team to world record 7:52.1 and the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo; Schollander's 4th gold of the Games
  • Polish sprinter Irena Szewińska runs a world record 22.58s to beat Australian Raelene Boyle by 0.16s and win the 200m gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony

Birthdays in Sport

  • Denisa Szabova, Bratislava Czech, tennis star (1987 Futures-GER)
  • Michael Stich, German tennis star
  • Narendra Hirwani, Indian cricketer (16 wickets v WI on debut 1988), born in Gorakhpur, India
  • Stuart Law, cricketer (prolific Queensland batsman, Australia 1995)