The fastest cycling 3 km unpaced standing start (female) was 3 min 22.269 sec by Sarah Hammer (USA) in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on 11 May 2010.
The official UCI one-hour distance record from a standing start is 46.065 km by Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (Netherlands) on 1 October 2003 in the Olympic velodrome in Mexico City, Mexico. The UCI’s “best performance” distance over one hour is 48.159 km by Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) on 26 October 1996, also at the Olympic velodrome in Mexico City, Mexico. Did you know? Since 2000, the Union-Cyclist Internationale (UCI) have only accepted records set on a “standard, non-aero” bicycle. Results achieved using bicycles no longer approved by Continue reading →
The fastest cycling women’s team 3 km standing start was 3 min 19.569 sec by Sarah Hammer, Lauren Tamayo, and Dotsie Bausch for team USA at Aguascalientes, Mexico, on 12 May 2010.
The fastest time to be sent off in a World Cup finals match is 1 minute by José Batista, playing for Uruguay against Scotland on 13 June 1986 at the Estadio Neza ’86, Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico.
The Mexico City Olympics held in 1968 were the first to introduce drug testing for medallists, with urine taken and analyzed for narcotics and stimulants. Consequently, these Games saw the first ever drugs disqualification, with the Swedish pentathlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall testing positive for excessive alcohol. He had allegedly drunk some beer prior to the pistol shooting to calm his nerves and was later stripped of the bronze medal he went on to win.
During the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City, the African-American sprinter Jim Hines earned the title of ‘fastest man on the planet’ when he broke the long-standing 10-second barrier in the 100 m event. With a time of 9.95 sec, Hines stormed to Olympic gold and established a 100 m world record that remained unbeaten for 15 years. Astonishingly, he would go on to better his time at the very same Olympics, running the anchor leg of the 4 x 100 m relay event Continue reading →
The summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1968 were the first summer Games to be televised live in colour. These were the first Games to feature extensive colour broadcasts of the sporting competitions themselves, although the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, had featured live colour television footage of the opening and closing ceremonies and a selection of the events: wrestling, volleyball, judo and gymnastics. These were mainly for the national Japanese TV audience, however, and were not broadcast to an international audience.
Victor “Larry” Gomez, Gabriel “Danny” Ramos Gomez, Luisa Lilia De Lira Aceves and Jesus Manuel Fajardo Aceves (all Mexico) are four of a family of 19 that span five generations all suffering from the rare condition called Congenital Generalized Hypertrichosis, characterized by excessive facial and torso hair. The women are covered with a light-to-medium coat of hair while the men of the family have thick hair on approximately 98% of their body apart from their hands and feet. Larry and Danny currently perform in the Continue reading →
Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Mexico) El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth; Mexico/Spain/USA, 2006) has taken $83.2 million (£52.4 million) worldwide and $37.6 million (£23.6 million) at the US box office.
The largest astronomy lesson involved 458 participants (all Mexico) at an event organised by Juarez Competitiva, at the Samalayuca Desert in Chihuahua, Mexico, on 14 October 2011. Students were taught various aspects of the October nocturnal sky, including the angular size of the Constellations, the planet Jupiter and the phases of the moon. Each participant was also given instruction on how to use a telescope (each participant had their own).