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BBC Asks Derek About 1992 Barcelona Olympic Semi-final

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BBC Asks Derek About 1992 Barcelona Olympic Semi-final

As you’re more than likely aware, the 1992 Olympic 400m semi-final in Barcelona was a moment that defined Derek as a man. His refusal to succumb to a severe hamstring injury saw him stubbornly complete the race in agony with the help of his father.

The story went global and Derek is held up as an inspiration, the moment recounted to everyone from school children to business people as an example of how adversity can be overcome.

BBC World Service’s Witness programme revisited the story recently, producing a lovely short film in which Derek tells his tale. The video really captures emotion and heartbreak of the race but also reveals the incredible strength of the human spirit.

Here's the full video: