Derek Redmond’s big moment
Derek Redmond, World Champion & Two Time Olympian (400m) was favourite for gold in Barcelona 1992 Olympics. Derek Redmond had waited and trained and prepared for four agonising years (since 10 minutes before his heat in Seoul 1998 Olympics he injured his achilles tendon and had to withdraw) . So he waited and prepared patiently for four long years. Lonely hours, thousands of hours training & waiting. And now he’s in Barcelona.
The fastest time
He had the fastest time in the first heat. In the second heat, Redmond ran beautifully. He was cruising. With 65,000 spectators and hundreds of millions of TV viewers watching this, arguably, the most savage of races, the 400m (because it is an all-out sprint stop sprint for 400m). When suddenly he heard a horrible ‘bang!’ It was the sound of his hamstring snapping. With 150m to go his hamstring snapped. He fell to the ground in agony and total despair. He dragged himself up and hobbled away from the oncoming stretchers.
Running on auto
Running on auto pilot, or auto compete, he knew it was all over but he was determined to finish the race. As he hobbled on in agony his father, Jim, broke through security and ran onto the track to help him complete the final 150 metres (and he let him hobble the last few metres solo).
Refusal to give up
Derek’s refusal to give up on a race he knew he had already lost has made him one of the world’s most popular sports stars. The emotional and inspirational footage continues to be seen the world over and was featured in a TV commercial for Visa Go World, the official sponsors of the 2008 Olympics. Derek was even mentioned by president Barack Obama during his speech about the Olympic spirit.
After his sprinting career
Derek played professional rugby for Coventry and also represented GB in basketball. He now drives and sponsors fast motorbikes and is an inspirational motivational speaker .
The sausage story
So here it is. The 60 second sausage story from Derek, well from his Dad, when I caught up with him at the noisy and busy Britain Means Business Show at the Excel Centre in London. So here’s his Sausage Story – which is really beautiful and inspirational. Pass it on.
Thanks to Nick James who hosted the conference and who is also Head of Content at Freshly Made Content .
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