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20 year anniversary of Derek’s most famous moment

20 year anniversary of Derek’s most famous moment

OLYMPIC fever is gripping the nation – and for Derek Redmond it marks the 20th anniversary of that event which changed his life forever.

It was 20 years ago when he lined up for that now famous race in the Barcelona Olympic Games in the summer of 1992.

A favourite for the gold, Redmond was in the best shape of his life and was on course to definitely come away with a medal.

But what happened in that race has been seen millions of times over in the two decades since, as he tore a hamstring during the 400m semi-final heat.

Determined to finish the race he staggered to his feet and began to limp the rest of the way. From the sidelines, his father Jim broke through security and ran up to his son, putting his arm around him and helping him stagger across the line to a standing ovation from the crowd

Now 20 years on Derek is an acclaimed motivational speaker, coach, motorcycle race team owner and TV personality – but he still feels sad about that day.

“I will always wonder what would’ve happened if things had been different that day,” he admits. “As an athlete the one thing you want more than any medal, championship or title in the world is an Olympic Gold.”