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Carlos, Smith pallbearers at Norman's funeral

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who
gave the historic black power salutes at the 1968 Olympics, were
reunited for the last time with the third man on that podium.

"He was a lone soldier in Australia. Many
people in Australia didn't particularly understand. Why would that
young white fella go over and stand with those black individuals?"
-- John Carlos

Smith and Carlos attended the funeral of Peter Norman, the
Australian sprinter who died last week of a heart attack at 64. The
two Americans were pallbearers Monday at the funeral attended by
about 800 people at a town hall at Williamstown, a Melbourne
suburb.

"He was a lone soldier in Australia," Carlos said. "Many
people in Australia didn't particularly understand. Why would that
young white fella go over and stand with those black individuals?"

Norman won the silver medal in the 200 meters at the Mexico City
Games, his time of 20.06 seconds still a national record. Smith set
a world record in winning the gold medal and Carlos took the
bronze, and their civil rights protest became a flash point of the
1968 Olympics.

Smith and Carlos stood shoeless, each wearing a black glove on
his raised, clenched fist. They bowed their heads while the U.S.
anthem played.

Norman, a physical education teacher, stood on the podium during
the Olympic ceremony. He wore a human rights badge on his shirt in
support of the two Americans and their statement against racial
discrimination in the United States.

"Peter never flinched, he never turned his eye or his head,"
Carlos said. "When I looked into his eyes, I saw nothing but
love."

A statue commemorating the protest was erected last year at San
Jose State University, where Smith and Carlos were students. Norman
supported the decision to have his position on the statue left
vacant.

"He said 'I was merely a rock cast into deep still waters.' The
ripples from that tiny rock I pray will flow to the shores ... of
love so that everybody will know the humanitarian acts that we will
all accept someday," Smith said.