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Enriqueta Basilio (1968-10-12) by IOCThe Olympic Museum
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.
Making her entrance
A few metres left to run
Lighting the cauldron to open the Games