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Sport Peter Norman's famous Olympic stand immortalised with statue

13:35  09 october  2019
13:35  09 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Peter Norman ' s famous Mexico Olympic stand immortalised with statue . Immortalised outside of Melbourne's Albert Park, the late athlete's daughter Janita Norman says the statue is a sign that Australia is embracing what he stood for in 1968.

Peter Norman was the silver medallist and the third athlete pictured in the famous 1968 Olympics Black The family of Peter Norman pose during an announcement for the installation of a statue in his honour at “ Peter Norman stood up when others stood by – he deserves this honour and to be

Forgotten by many for half a century, the heroic Olympic stand of Australian sprinter Peter Norman has finally been acknowledged with a bronze statue.

Immortalised outside of Melbourne's Albert Park, the late athlete's daughter Janita Norman says the statue is a sign that Australia is embracing what he stood for in 1968.

At the Mexico Games, 200m silver medallist Norman joined black Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos in a silent protest on the medal dais.

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Peter Norman ' s famous Olympic stand immortalised with statue . Forgotten by many for half a century, the heroic Olympic stand of Australian sprinter Peter Norman has finally been acknowledged with a bronze statue .

Peter Norman ' s famous Olympic stand immortalised with statue . Forgotten by many for half a century, the heroic Olympic stand of Australian sprinter Peter Norman has finally been acknowledged with a bronze statue .

a man wearing a uniform: A detailed view of a statue to honour 1968 Olympic athlete Peter Norman is seen at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne, Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Athletics Australia in partnership with the Victorian Government are erecting a statue to honour 1968 Olympic athlete Peter Norman. (AAP Image/Michael Dodge) NO ARCHIVING© AAP A detailed view of a statue to honour 1968 Olympic athlete Peter Norman is seen at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne, Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Athletics Australia in partnership with the Victorian Government are erecting a statue to honour 1968 Olympic athlete Peter Norman. (AAP Image/Michael Dodge) NO ARCHIVING

In what became an iconic image, the Americans both raised a black-gloved fist as the anthem was been played in a protest against the treatment of African Americans in their country.

Norman showed his support by wearing a badge of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, with his dais positioned captured by artist Louis Laumen.

Despite setting a national record with his time of 20.06 seconds, which still stands today and would have won him gold at the Sydney Olympics, Norman was shunned by Australian athletics and Olympics officialdom.

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Peter Norman ' s famous Olympic stand immortalised with statue . Forgotten by many for half a century, the heroic Olympic stand of Australian sprinter Peter Norman has finally been acknowledged with a bronze statue .

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Olympic sprinter Peter Norman will have a statue built in his honor in Melbourne. " Peter Norman ' s decision to stand in solidarity with USA athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico 1968 helps define our strong and diverse identity," Arbib said.

a group of people playing a game of football: Peter Norman (111) of Australia ties the Olympic record of 20.2 seconds to win the sixth heat in 200-meters eliminations during the Olympic games program in Mexico City on Oct. 15, 1968. Roger Bambuck (344) of France was second and Richard Steane (424) of Britain was third.(AP Photo)© AP/AAP Peter Norman (111) of Australia ties the Olympic record of 20.2 seconds to win the sixth heat in 200-meters eliminations during the Olympic games program in Mexico City on Oct. 15, 1968. Roger Bambuck (344) of France was second and Richard Steane (424) of Britain was third.(AP Photo) While he wasn't officially sanctioned, Norman wasn't selected for the 1972 Games in Munich despite running several qualifying times and wasn't invited to the Sydney event.

Janita said her father, who died of a heart attack in 2006 aged 64, would have been proud to have been acknowledged in such a way.

The unveiling was on the anniversary of his funeral, with the USA Track and Field Federation and later Australia declaring it as Peter Norman Day.

"It's a good representation - he's standing tall and proud as he did on the dais," she said.

"He was never one to seek recognition or to push his own agenda or story but I think he would have been absolutely delighted."

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Peter Norman ' s famous Olympic stand immortalised with statue . Forgotten by many for half a century, the heroic Olympic stand of Australian sprinter Peter Norman has finally been acknowledged with a bronze statue .

Peter George Norman (15 June 1942 – 3 October 2006) was an Australian track athlete. He won the silver medal in the 200 metres at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward and extend gloved hands skyward in a Black power salute after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. Tommie Smith and John Carlos are part of the 2019 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted later this year.(AP Photo, File)© AP/AAP FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward and extend gloved hands skyward in a Black power salute after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. Tommie Smith and John Carlos are part of the 2019 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted later this year.(AP Photo, File) With his coach Neville Sillitoe, now aged 94, the driving force behind the statue, Janita said it was long overdue.

She said her father never felt embraced by Australia before his death.

"It would have been wonderful to happen when Peter was still with us but it wasn't to be," Janita said.

"It's really only been in the last few years since his death that Australia has sat up and taken notice and perhaps with the fact that he did pass, it was a bit of a wake-up call."

Smith and Carlos were pall-bearers for Norman and were still in contact with his family.

"They will know all about what's going on and I'm sure that they will be really happy with what we see," she said.

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