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The field of sprinters that lined up for the 200m at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City were the greatest there had ever been. Two Americans and an Australian took the medal places. There was mild surprise that the Australian had placed in silver as he wasn't a favourite and started characteristically slow before blasting away his opponents in the final few metres. However, the running wasn't the focus by the time the athletes were stood on the podium.

The photograph of John Carlos, Tommie Smith and Peter Norman has become the most iconic image of the modern Olympics. This is the story of how a boy from Coburg, Melbourne became caught up in a storm for racial justice in the USA and Australia.