Peter Norman's famous Mexico 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.