Derek Redmond Completes Emotional Barcelona Olympic Return
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1st November 2010
18 years after his infamous semi-final heartbreak, 400m runner Derek Redmond returned for the first time to Barcelona - where it all happened.
Derek had a hugely successful career that brought Commonwealth, European and World medals, but arguably one of his most famous moments is his great Olympic story, that has become one of the most enduring in modern Olympic history. Derek was a medal favourite for 400m at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, however disaster struck mid-way through the race when a snapped hamstring ended his medal hopes. Derek’s father leapt onto the track to help the star finish the race, in a moment that has gone down in the Olympic Hall of Fame.
Now, for the first time since that night, Derek has returned to the Barcelona Olympic Stadium with his dad to relive this moment in history. Derek commented on his Twitter page, “Back in the stadium in Barcelona! Don't feel as bad as I thought I would”.
Returning home, Derek commented “Well now I'm on my way to the airport heading home! 18 years later but I managed to walk a lap without any injury!! Better late than never”.
Derek will be speaking at the 2012 Sporting Legacy event hosted by Adaptable Travel, telling his remarkable story to school and college students from across the country. Derek will be joined by Sharron Davies, Jade Johnson and Daley Thompson, in this great event that enables students to get engaged in the London 2012 legacy.