Norman honoured with statue 50 years after solidarity stand


Betting for the world’s richest horse race was temporarily suspended amid security concerns. The Everest’s barrier draw is now public and this morning, some of the hopefuls took to the track.

Georgie Hewson reports.

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Irish thoroughbred “US Flag Navy” will go up against Australia’s best racers for the $13 million first prize.

The three year-old Colt’s chances are said to depend on the weather and track conditions.

Tom Magnier, Coolmore Stud: “We know that we have er big task ahead of us, to take on the Australian horses. We know that the best sprinters in the world come from here.”

And long overdue recognition for late Australian Olympic sprinter Peter Norman.

He’ll be honoured with a statue in Melbourne later this year.

At the 1968 Mexico Olympics, he won the silver in the 200 metres.

The two American US athletes, also on the podium, gave the “black power” salute during the medal presentation.

John Carlos, Athlete: “I love Peter, because Peter never flinched, he never backed away, he never denounced who he was, or what we stood or.”

When Norman returned home in ’68 he was shunned.

He died in 2006.

Now, his good name will finally be restored.

Georgie Hewson, QUT News.