Father helps injured Athlete to complete 400m Olympic race
Derek Redmond and his farther Jim would forever be remembered in the history of the Summer Olympics
A young man by name Derek Redmond was favoured to win the 400 metres in Barcelona.
However disappointment came, 250 metres from finish. His hamstring tore, he hobbled into a halt and the fell to the ground in pain. As a stretcher bearers made their way to him, he knew he had to decide.
Despite the pain he stood up and began to hobble along the track.
Suddenly a large man pushed through the crowds, fighting back security. The man was his father.
"You don't have to do this" he told his weeping son.
" Yes I do," his son declared.
"Well then" replied his dad, "We're going to finish this together..!"
The father wrapped his arm around his son and helped him hobble through the track
Shortly before the finish line, the father let go of his son and his son completed the race...
With a standing ovation from the crowd of 65,000. Derek Redmond, may not finish first place, but managed to complete his race!
Despite, the tears...
Despite, the pain...
He determined to give his all...
Motivated by a love so strong... of a father, picks him up when he falls...
What made his father do that?
...to leave the stands and meet his son on the tracks?
It was the pain on his child's face... his child was hurt...
but wanted to finish the race.
So the father came to help him finish...
God is like that when we are hurt and fighting to finish,
He comes and helps us...
How about you?
How is your race?
Are you in pain?
Are you on the verge of quitting?
God wants you to finish strong...
because he loves you.
Will you open your heart to him?
N/B: However, as his father had helped him finish, Derek was officially disqualified and Olympic records state that he "Did Not Finish" the race.
Redmond's struggle in the 1992 semi-final later became the subject of one of the International Olympic Committee's "Celebrate Humanity" videos, which proclaimed: "Force is measured in kilograms. Speed is measured in seconds. Courage? You can't measure courage". In 2008, Redmond was featured in the "Go World" series of Visa advertisements 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", narrated by actor Morgan Freeman.
On 10 January 2012, it was announced that his father Jim Redmond would be one of the Olympic torch bearers in London for the Summer Game.
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