ENRIQUETA BASILIO

First woman to light the Olympic cauldron

By The Olympic Museum

Enriqueta Basilio (1968-01-10)The Olympic Museum

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Enriqueta Basilio (1968-10-12) by IOCThe Olympic Museum

All fired up: A woman’s hand lights the Olympic cauldron
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ENRIQUETA BASILIO (MEX, ATHLETICS) - 1948-…

All fired up: A woman’s hand lights the Olympic cauldron.

After the first woman to pronounce the Olympic oath in 1956 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Enriqueta became the first female torchbearer to light the cauldron in 1968 in Mexico City.

Even if she failed to win a medal in the 80m, 400m or 4×100m relay, she makes sure that the memory of the Olympic flame lives on in her country by each year organising a race, the Recorrido del Fuego Simbólico por la Paz y el Deporte, all over Mexico to commemorate the 1968 Summer Games.

Enriqueta Basilio : Making her entrance, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
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Making her entrance

Enriqueta Basilio : A few metres left to run, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
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A few metres left to run

Enriqueta Basilio : Lighting the cauldron to open the Games, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
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Lighting the cauldron to open the Games

Enriqueta Basilio, IOC, 1968-10-13, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
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