Jim Redmond, father of former British 400m runner Derek, dies aged 81 | Athletics News


At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Jim Redmond raced from his seat in the crowd to help his son Derek, who had torn his hamstring, reach the finish line; the moment became one of the most iconic in Olympic Games history

Last update: 22/10/04 22:58

Derek Redmond was helped to the finish line by his father, Jim, at Barcelona

Jim Redmond, whose stepping up to help his injured son Derek cross the finish line in Barcelona in 1992 became one of the most famous Olympic moments, has died aged 81.

Redmond ran from his seat in the crowd to hug Derek, who tore his hamstrings high on the straight in the men’s 400m semi-final.

Footage of Redmond helping his son cross the line in the Olympic Stadium has since been viewed millions of times.

Paying tribute to Redmond, the British Olympic Association said it was an Olympic moment that “will never be forgotten”.

The International Olympic Committee said on its Twitter feed: “Our hearts go out to Derek Redmond and his family on the passing of his father, Jim.

“Together they brought us one of the most inspiring moments in Olympic history.”

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson, a member of the United States team that won the 4x400m title in Barcelona, ​​also paid tribute.

He tweeted: “I remember it so clearly. The love and support Derek’s father had for his son was on full display before the world at this difficult time. Condolences to Derek and his family.”




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