Redmond did not win, but he did create one of the most dramatic moments in Olympic history by finishing the 400m race. Redmond, who was hurt during the 400m semi-final, refused to give up and crossed the finish line alongside his father. It is still regarded as one of the most beautiful moments in Olympic history.
At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Redmond tore his hamstring in the 400-meter semi-final but finished the race hobbling and managed to complete a full circuit of the track while receiving a standing ovation from the fans. He was unable to continue racing and had to be carried off the track by his teammates.
Redmond's injury left him with no choice but to withdraw from the 100-meter final, which Japan's Daisuke Naito won in an American record time of 10.02 seconds. This meant that Australia missed out on a chance to win a third gold medal in this event. The Australians did manage to pick up a silver medal in the 4x100-meter relay, though, when they were beaten by the United States team.
Two years later at the 1994 Olympic Games in Texas, Redmond returned to competitive athletics and ran in the same 400-meter heat as his previous injury had still not healed properly. This time he didn't finish the race and was forced to retire after only one lap of the track due to pain in his leg. Australia again failed to win any medals in this event.
In 1995, Redmond decided to end his career after ten years of competing in athletics. At the age of 28, he felt that it was now or never if he wanted to win more international titles.
However, because his father assisted him in finishing, Derek was disqualified, and Olympic records reflect that he "did not finish" the race. Redmond's battle in the 1992 semi-final was later included in one of the International Olympic Committee's "Celebrate Humanity" commercials, which stated, "Strength is measured in pounds." The ad also featured athletes from different sports including a wrestler, a boxer, a runner, and a swimmer.
Redmond had previously represented Australia at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul. He finished seventh in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:11.79.
Australia has never won an Olympic medal in this event.
The 1500 meters is part of the modern pentathlon event. This sport consists of five tests of endurance including shooting, fencing, wrestling, running, and jumping. In addition, there are two main categories: pistol and saber. At the Olympics, only shooters and swimmers are allowed to use firearms and aquatic methods respectively.
Derek Redmond suffered from multiple sclerosis and was diagnosed while competing in Seoul. He returned home before the Barcelona Olympics as a demonstration run. However, during the tournament he lost feeling in his legs and was unable to walk without assistance. He retired after the 2000 Sydney Olympics without winning a single match.
After retiring from competition, Redmond became involved in helping people with disabilities achieve their sporting dreams.
Surprisingly, he was not required to finish the race alone. Derek Redmond, left, of the United Kingdom, is aided by his father on Aug. 3, 1992, in Barcelona, Spain, after sustaining a torn hamstring during the men's 400-meter run's second-round heat at the 1992 Summer Olympics. AFP/Getty Images/P. Pavani
Redmond married Maria Yates on August 26, 2011. In the run-up to the September referendum on Scottish independence, Redmond was one of 200 public personalities who signed a letter to The Guardian opposing independence. Redmond initially broke the British 400m record in 1985, with a time of 44.82 seconds.
He was part of one of the most inspirational spectacles in Olympic history when representing his nation at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Derek was one among the favorites in the 400m semi-final, but he tore his hamstring as he crossed the 250m mark.
However, because his father assisted him in finishing, Derek was disqualified, and Olympic records reflect that he "did not finish" the race. Redmond's battle in the 1992 semi-final was later included in one of the International Olympic Committee's "Celebrate Humanity" commercials, which stated, "Strength is measured in pounds."
Derek Redmond was set to capture a gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, after years of hard work and preparation. Redmond had just helped his British relay team defeat the United States relay team at the World Championship the year before. This victory was not accidental. Redmond had trained specifically for this event, and he showed up at the Olympics ready to win.
Redmond's teammate on the British relay team was David Bedford. Like Redmond, Bedford had also been working toward this moment for years. The two men were very close friends who supported each other throughout their careers. When asked about competing with someone like this, Redmond said it was an "honour" and that he was looking forward to the challenge.
In the final round of the 10,000 meter race, which was used to determine the gold-medal winner, Derek Redmond and his teammates David Bedford, Brendan Foster, and Paul Manning were in first place. However, just as they were about to cross the line to declare themselves champions, they were overtaken by a Russian team. Despite this setback, Redmond and his teammates still managed to come in second, winning a silver medal instead of a gold. After the race, Redmond announced that he was retiring from athletics due to injuries sustained during the competition.
Derek Redmond spent most of his career racing against Americans, and after losing to them at the Olympics he decided to call it a career.