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Peter Norman to get statue in Melbourne

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Peter Norman to get statue in Melbourne

By John Salvado

9 October 2018 — 2:11pm

Fifty years after playing a key role in one of the most iconic sporting moments of the 20th century, the late Australian sprinter and human rights advocate Peter Norman will be honoured with a statue in Melbourne.

After finishing second in the 200m at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Norman stood in solidarity on the dais with American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who bowed their heads and raised black-gloved fists to raise awareness of racial inequality.

Norman wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights pin on his tracksuit after telling gold medallist Smith and third placegetter Carlos he supported their stance.

Smith and Carlos were sent home from Mexico in disgrace by the US Olympic Committee, while Norman also suffered a backlash for his role in the Black Power salute. ... Athletics Australia counterpart Mark Arbib said the recognition for Norman, who was posthumously awarded the Order of Merit by the Australian Olympic Committee earlier this year, was long overdue.

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