Derek Redmond of Great Britain is in agony as he is helped to the finish line by his father, Jim, after tearing his hamstring muscle in the semi-finals of the men's 400 meter run.

Redmond collapsed about half way through the race with the injury, but got up, determined to finish despite the pain. His father came out of the stands and onto the track to help his son. Redmond initially tried to push him away, not realizing who he was, but then heard a familiar voice. "Derek, it's me" his father said.

Redmond told his father "I've got to finish this race." His father said "If you're gonna finish the race, we'll finish it together."

With his father's help, Redmond made it to the finish line.

Redmond, a brilliant runner whose career was plagued by injuries, had previously suffered a similar fate during qualifying for the 400 meter race in the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. In a qualifying heat for the 400 meter race, he pulled an Achilles tendon, an injury that led to five surgeries.

Later, watching a video of that 1992 Olympic race, Redmond said "I don't think I've ever cried so much in my life. It's more embarrassing than anything else--men don't cry."

Photo by Jerry Lodriguss / The Philadelphia Inquirer

Perseverance – The Story of Derek Redmond In the 1992 Olympics

Do you remember the 1992 Olympics? If you do, you’ll surely remember this story. The determination of Derek Redmond was one of the best moments of the 1992 Olympics. In one of his races, Derek badly injured his hamstring. But somehow, with his dad’s help, he found the strength to finish the race. This video shows the amazing story.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is an article about this inspiring event.
  • Checkout this website to learn more about Derek and his accomplishments!

Topics for Discussion:

  • What quality did Derek show by finishing the race even though he was injured?
  • What made his dad jump out of the stands and be with his son in his worst moment as an Olympic athlete?

Take Action:

  • Go tell your dad how much you love him and appreciate having him for a father!
  • The next time you feel like quitting something, remember Derek and find the strength to hang in there and finish!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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