An Olympic Runner Courageously Finishes After Tearing His Hamstring During A Race
Derek Redmond is a retired British athlete who, at the height of his career, held the British record for the 400 meter sprint and won gold medals in the 4x400 relay at several major international events. Unfortunately, his career was marked by numerous injuries. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Redmond started off in great health and seemed to be a favorite to win the gold after the first round and quarter-final races. During the semi-final race, however, he tore his hamstring around the 250 meter mark. This inspiring video shows how he bravely chose to carry on and finish.
Redmond's bravery earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the video of it was later used by the Olympic Committee's "Celebrate Humanity" video series with the tagline "Force is measured in kilograms. Speed is measured in seconds. Courage? You can't measure courage." It was also used by Nike and Visa, and is widely considered to be among some of the top moments of all time in the history of the modern Olympic games. It should be noted, however, that the Olympic Committee did have to adhere to the rule book and since he was helped by his father, Redmond received a "Did Not Finish" disqualification.