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Peter Norman

Peter Norman (athletics) is a significant figure in Olympic history having participated in the ‘black-power’ salute on the podium after the 200m at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. Norman won the silver medal in the final in a time of 20.06 secs, which remains the current Australian record. Competing in three Commonwealth Games, beginning in Perth in 1962, Norman he raced in the 200m, in Kingston four years later he ran in the 100 yards and 220 yards, and was a member of the bronze medal winning team in the 4×110 yards relay. Norman also ran in the final of the 4×440 yards, as a replacement for the injured Gary Eddy. Despite reports that often say Norman never represented Australia again after the political controversy in Mexico, he competed in his third Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1970. Norman finished 5th in the 200m, and competed in the relay team which dropped the baton in the heat and did not finish. Peter Norman died in October 2006 and the day of his funeral, 9 March, was declared by USA Track and Field as Peter Norman Day. A statue of Peter Norman was unveiled in 2019 outside Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium, Norman was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1999.

Sport / Discipline

Athletics

Birth state

VIC

Date of Birth

15/06/1942

Date of Death

03/10/2006

Perth, 1962

Kingston, 1966

Edinburgh, 1970

Results History

GAMES SPORT / DISCIPLINE EVENT / PHASE OPPONENT PERFORMANCE RESULT MEDAL

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