Peter Norman: Sprinter involved in Black Power salute given posthumous Order of Merit

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Rio 2016: Peter Norman’s role in that Black Power protest

Peter Norman, the Australian sprinter involved in the Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, will be awarded an “overdue” posthumous Order of Merit.

He stood alongside Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the 200m podium as the pair protested against racial discrimination.

Smith and Carlos bowed their heads and raised a fist clothed in a black leather glove, while Norman wore a badge supporting human rights.

Norman, who died in 2006 aged 64, was punished for his role at the time and did not compete at another Olympics.

Campaigners have called for a statue to be built in Melbourne in his honour.

An Order of Merit is given by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) to an athlete who has achieved “remarkable merit in the sporting world”.

“This is an overdue award – the respect for Peter and his actions is still enormous to this day,” said AOC president John Coates.

“We lost Peter in 2006 but we should never lose sight of his brave stand that day.”

In 2012, the Australian Parliament apologised