Peter Norman’s nephew “He used to keep the silver medal as a door stop”
50 years ago Peter Norman ran an incredible race winning silver in the 200m at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
However it was Peter’s brave stand in solidarity with American gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos on the dais that will forever live as one Australian sports most iconic moments and a special moment in Olympic history.
While Smith and Carlos raised their black-gloved fists, their heads bowed, symbolising black unity and a call for racial equality in the United States, Peter showed his solidarity with the two Americans by wearing the badge of the Olympic Project for Human Rights.
Peter’s nephew Matt joined Macquarie Sports Radio.
The story is told in a new book “The Peter Norman Story” written by Andrew Webster and Peter’s nephew Matt.