The first games outside Europe / USA and the first in the Southern Hemisphere. The first time the athletes walked as one at the Closing Ceremony.
3,314 (2,938 men, 376 women) competitors from 72 nations participated in 17 sports and 145 events over a fortnight. USSR pipped the United States on the gold medal tally with 37 and 32 respectively. The host nation was 3rd with 13 golds.
The first Games where live television broadcasts captured the public’s imagination.
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