The Story of Derek Redmond’s Iconic Olympic Moment | Strangest Moments

The Story of Derek Redmond’s Iconic Olympic Moment | Strangest Moments

Set… It’s not how you start,
it’s how you finish. The old adage is true for
every sport in the Olympics, be it taekwondo… ..table tennis… ..or triathlon. While a good start
in any event is important… ..the real glory is at the end. A gold medal may be the
ultimate glory in the Olympics. But sometimes something
remarkable comes along to remind us of the true
Olympic spirit. Something that shows Pierre
De Coubertin’s original vision. In 1992, British athlete
Derek Redmond was one of those taking
part in the 400 metres. Derek had missed
out on taking part in Seoul 1988 by mere minutes. An injury meant that he
withdrew and watched from the sidelines as Steve Lewis won gold
for the US. But that was in the past. By Barcelona 1992,
Derek was injury-free and determined to win
a place on the podium. That wasn’t something
unfeasible either – he had already shown
he was no stranger to winning. The year before, in 1991, he was part of the British
4 x 400m relay team that had won gold
at the World Championships, and Derek was confident he could add to that success at
the Olympics. His first heat was a solid run, with his quickest time
in the last four years. A great start to the Games. By the second heat, Derek was
starting to find his groove. He won his heat again, and looked like he still had
plenty of gas left in the tank. Once it was time for the
semifinals, Derek was confident he would
be racing in the 400m final. He just had to get through
this last test. I had a great warm-up, stride
and everything went well, came out on the track, put my
blocks down, no problems, told us to strip down,
stripped down. Then you have the little bit where you’re standing
in your lane and they come and shove
a camera in your face so everyone can
see who you are, blocked that out
and everything. He said, “On your marks,
get set…” Listos… The race started well. I couldn’t believe that
I was running that quick. It’s hard to tell positions
in the 400m due to the staggering
of the athletes, but Derek was holding his own, well within the time he would
need to qualify for the final. Then it happened. The next thing I heard
was a funny pop. Derek knew immediately
that he was in trouble. The funny pop had been
his hamstring tearing. A few more steps and
he fell to the floor in agony. In severe pain, Derek could
only hold his head in his hands as the other competitors
sprinted to the finish. DEREK: I watched them
go over the line, and obviously I knew it was
over. Four years of hard work and
waiting, and it was all over in the most
painful way possible. But Derek had not travelled all
this way to not finish another race. The bitter memory of
missing out in Seoul had stayed with him. As medics came
to help him off the track, Derek refused to go out
without a fight. Obviously in pain, he was going
to finish this race, no matter what it took. But Derek wouldn’t have to
finish this race on his own. Barging his way through the
stands came his father, Jim, desperate to help his son
in any way he could. Derek struggled through the
pain to embrace the man who had
done so much for his career. The pair continued
down the last 100m. Back in Derek’s home town,
Northampton, the sight of seeing her brother
and father struggle so dramatically sent Derek’s pregnant sister
into labour earlier than expected. In great pain,
and struggling to move, Derek was in floods of tears
as he finally crossed the line. But the crowd roared the pair
on. And while Derek may have failed
in his bid to win a medal, finishing the way that he did
made him an instant celebrity. The sight of Derek
using his father as a crutch has become one of
the enduring Olympic images. People gave Derek messages of
support from around the world, praising his sportsmanship
and perseverance. It was the ultimate show
of the Olympic spirit. Competing against the pain,
despite the heartbreak, not for the glory of winning,
but to cross that finish line, and proving you don’t
have to be a gold medallist to be an Olympic hero.

98 Replies to “The Story of Derek Redmond’s Iconic Olympic Moment | Strangest Moments”

  1. "Derek missed out on Seoul 1988 by mere minutes". In a 400m race I think that even I could miss qualifying by a few minutes.

  2. Why do all of these videoa have english speakers and english subtitles? Wouldnt mind so much but the subtitles are making the shots barely visible. Ffs.

  3. Daymmmmmmmmmnnn broooo You make me cryy all over again! When I am down I always watch this vid and get inspiration to you. God Bless you always

  4. I watched this live. It was… amazing. One day his dad will pass away but in the most important time in his life he was there. As my father has been for me… many, many times.
    Go dad's!

  5. Bolt could have done the same in 4*100 metre relay of his final race.. I would hve nvr stopped inspite I finishd last.. the only part I hate abt Bolts last race..he gave up instantly..

  6. I feel extremely sad after I get rejected by nurse courses and there's no way to make it for the most favorite career in the future, just like what derek redmond did when it is very unlucky to make it. Because my learning are Slower than usual but I really don't want to give up exactly like derek redmond. Now I have only career left is the pet groomer unfortunately…? but I don't do everything about dog's! So hopefully I got a better chance for the next 5 to 15 year's later especially my next career will be a tester instead of pet groomer. God bless to we all! Hopefully god will help me to look for the best one. Keep it up derek redmond!!! ???

  7. I went into labour just watching this video and became the first biological male in history to give birth.
    I have named my son – Derek's Dad. The useless twat also hasn't won jackshit at the Olympics.

  8. You really makes me cry but u inspire me to fight my battles now…I salute u…
    You show Perseverance to finished the race…God bless u and ur family

  9. It makes me so happy to see a father that would help his son even if he didn’t win, when there are so many parents that wouldn’t have done that.

  10. I will never forget that moment as I watched the event from home. It was very inspiring, motivating, emotional and glorious. Just beautiful to see the father AND son crossing the finish line together. FATHERS, WAKE UP. YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS NEED YOUR SUPPORT IN EVERY WAY IN ORDER TO COMPETE SUCCESSFULLY IN LIFE. DON'T BAIL ON YOUR CHILDREN.

  11. I'm still trying to figure out how missing out on Seoul 1998 was in the past when he participated in 1992?

  12. Props to him even being able to walk after a hamstring tear. I tore mine when I was 13 and nearly passed out from hyperventilation and the pain. It felt like something had popped out of place while being stabbed, with pain shooting up the left side of my body. Was on crutches for two weeks before I could walk unassisted again, with another six weeks healing before I was even allowed to think about going back to ballet. That kinda injury is no joke so this hit me right in the feels.

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