Derek Anthony Redmond
(born 3 September 1965, in Bletchley
, 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
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 Committee
's 'Celebrate Humanity' videos and been used in advertisements by Visa
as an illustration of the Olympic spirit and featured in Nike
's "Courage" commercials in 2008.
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.