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A Father Son Moment: The Derek Redmond's Emotional Olympic Story




The unforgettable story of Great Britain's 400m runner Derek Redmond, whose hamstring snapped during his event but was determined to finish the race at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.

As the gun signaled the start of his semi-final, Redmond charged out of the blocks, making good speed over his first 250 meters. At that point his right hamstring snapped. The one time British 400m record holder pulled sharply up as the rest of his field ran away from him, leaving Redmond on his knees and crippled, his Olympic dream over.

Determine to finish the race, against trainer's orders, Redmond began to finish the race with only one healthy leg. Half way to the finish line on one leg and crying with desperation, Derek was joined by his father Jim. The moment Redmond crossed the finish line brought sixty-five thousand spectators to their feet in a standing ovation, many also in tears. 

Few can remember that Steve Lewis of the USA won the semi-final in a time of 44.50. But no one who saw it will ever forget Derek Redmond's courage on the day he defined the essence of the Olympic spirit.



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