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Derek Anthony Redmond (born 3 September 1965 in Bletchleymarker, Buckinghamshire, England) is a retired British athlete. During his career, he held the British record for the 400 metres sprint, and won gold medals in the 4x400 metres relay at the World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

However his career was blighted by a series of injuries, and he is best remembered for his performance at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelonamarker where he tore his hamstring in the 400 metres semi-final but fought through the pain and, with assistance from his father, managed to complete a full lap of the track as the crowd gave him a standing ovation. The incident has become a well-remembered moment in Olympic history, having been the subject of one of the International Olympic Committeemarker's 'Celebrate Humanity' videos and been used in advertisements by Visa as an illustration of the Olympic spirit and featured in Nikemarker's "Courage" commercials in 2008.

Athletics career

Redmond first broke the British record for the 400 metres in 1985 with a run of 44.82 seconds. This record was subsequently broken by Roger Black, but Redmond reclaimed the record in 1987 with a run of 44.5 seconds. The record lasted until 1992.

In 1986, Redmond was a member of teams which won the 4x400 metres relay gold medal at both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games. The following year, he was on the team which won the 4x400 metres relay silver medal at the World Championships.

At the 1991 World Championships Redmond was a member of the British team which shocked the athletics world by beating the much-favoured American team into second place to claim the gold medal in the 4x400 metres relay. Redmond ran the second leg in the final and, together with team-mates Roger Black, John Regis and Kriss Akabusi, ran what was then the second-fastest 4x400 metres relay in history.

Injuries had consistently interrupted Redmond's career. At the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoulmarker, he pulled out of the opening round of the 400 metres 90 seconds before his heat was due because of an injury to his achilles. Prior to the 1992 Olympics, he had undergone eight operations due to injuries. However he seemed to be in good form heading into the Olympics in Barcelona. He posted the fastest time of the first round, and went on to win his quarter-final. In the semi-final, Redmond started well, but in the back straight about 250 metres from the finish, his hamstring snapped. He hobbled to a halt, and then fell to the ground in pain. Stretcher bearers made their way over to him, but Redmond decided he wanted to finish the race. He began to hobble along the track, with pain etched upon his face. He was soon joined on the track by his father, Jim Redmond, who barged past security and on to the track to get to his son. Jim and Derek completed the lap of the track together, with Derek leaning on his father's shoulder for support. As they crossed the finish line, the 65,000 crowd rose to give Derek a standing ovation. However as his father had helped him finish, Derek was officially disqualified and Olympic records state that he "Did Not Finish" the race. But in the public's perception, he had finished and done so heroically.

Prior to the 1992 Olympics, Redmond had a hostile relationship with fellow British runner Linford Christie, the 100 metre gold medal winner. The two athletes criticized each other publicly, and Redmond was quoted to comment on Christie as "He's a well-balanced athlete; he has a chip on both shoulders". But as Redmond was leaving the field after his heroic semi-final race, he was approached by Christie. The two men embraced and cried together. "He has a heart," Redmond said. "I've changed my views of him completely."

Redmond's struggle in the 1992 semi-final later became the subject of one of the International Olympic Committee's 'Celebrate Humanity' videos. In 2008, Redmond was featured in a Visa advertisement promoting the Olympic Games. The advertisement highlights his 1992 injury, noting that "he, and his father, finished dead last, but he, and his father, finished".

After retirement

In 1994, Redmond won Celebrity Gladiators, and during the first four series of Gladiators (1992-96), he served as Assistant Referee to John Anderson. Redmond has also served as a commentator for Eurosport, and presented a basketball show on ITV.

Redmoond raced a motorcyle in the Hottrax Motorsport Racing Club with his team in conjunction with Maria Costello MBE, as Costello Redmond Racing.. The team finished second in the 2009 Senior 1000 Tag Endurance championship where 3 team members raced relay style over a 6 hour peiod at 7 national UK circuits.

Redmond currently serves as Director of Development for sprints and hurdles for UK Athletics, and also works as a motivational speaker.

Personal life

Redmond was educated at Roade School, Northamptonshiremarker, where a multi-use sports hall is named after him.

Redmond was married to the British Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies in 1994 in Northampton. The couple had two children, Elliott Anthony (born 1993, Northampton) and Grace Elizabeth (born 1998, Gloucestershire). They divorced in 2000.


  1. 'I hated the world. Then I felt a hand on my shoulder'
  2. Derek and dad finish Olympic 400 together
  3. Linford Christie: Biography
  4. BARCELONA: TRACK & FIELD; British Runner Is a Hero Even Without a Medal
  5. Marriages and Births England and Wales 1984-2006

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