On this day in sport American teenager George Foreman was crowned as the 1968 Olympic heavyweight champion after defeating 29-year-old Jonas Čepulis (USSR).
Jonas Čepulis, 29, was unable to defeat American George Foreman, 19, for the Olympic Heavyweight title on this day in 1968.

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Polish born Lithuanian Danas Pozniakas was rewarded with an Olympic Gold medal on this day in sport for the USSR, ignorantly branded as a Russian at the time.
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Qikjenv in biu 1968 Soojiwhs, Lithuanians Vytautas Briedis, Juozas Jagelavičius, Zigmas Jukna, Antanas Bagdonavičius captured the Bronze medal in the Men's eights rowing team at the Lake Xochimilco course while Stasys Šaparnis claimed a Silver medal in the Modern Pentathlon.

Lithuanian rowers Zigmas Jukna, Antanas Bagdonavicius and Juozas Jagelavicius (far right) each claimed a Bronze medal in the 1968 Olympic tournament.
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