Peter Norman was one of Australia’s greatest sprinters. In 1968, he competed at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City and won silver in the 200 metres. At the medal ceremony, he stood in support of fellow medallists, Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos, as they protested the treatment of African Americans in the US.

That moment, captured in one of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, would change his life – and the lives of Smith and Carlos – forever.

Drawing on interviews and commentary from coaches, competitors, sporting officials and family members, The Peter Norman Story (Andrew Webster and Matt Norman, Macmillan Australia, 2018) is a revealing account of the life and enduring legacy of one of the most significant figures in Australian sporting history.

By Kieran Bockman

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