Derek Redmond was born in Bletchley,Buckinghamshire on the 3rd of September 1965. Duringhis career, he held the British record for the 400 metressprint , and won gold medals in the 4 x 400 metres relayat the World Championships, EuropeanChampionships and Commonwealth Games.
At the 1991 World Championships, Redmond was a memberof the British team which shocked the athletics world bybeating the favourite American team into second place toclaim the gold medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay. Redmondran the second leg in the final and, together with team-matesKriss Akabusi, John Regis and Roger Black, ran what wasthen the second-fastest 4x400 metres in history.
Redmond’s career was consistently hampered by injury. At the1988 Olympics in Seoul, he pulled out of the opening round of the400 metres, 90 seconds before he was due to race because of aninjury to his achilles. Before the 1992 Olympics, he had undergoneeight operations due to injuries. However, he was in great shapeby the time of the event. He had the fastest time of the first round,and went on to win his quarter-final. In the semi-final, Redmondstarted well but in the back straight about 250 metres from thefinish, his hamstring snapped. He hobbled to a halt, and then fellto the ground in pain. First aiders with a stretcher made their wayover to him A man in the crowd barged past security and ran onto the track....it was Redmond’s father. In agony, leaning on hisfather’s shoulder for support, they completed the lap of the tracktogether. As they crossed the finishing line, the crowd of 65,000spectators rose to give Derek a standing ovation.
Two years after the Olympics in Barcelona, Redmond was told by asurgeon that he would never run again or represent his country in sportagain. After accepting the loss of athletics as a career, with theencouragement of his family, he turned to other sports that he enjoyed.After trials at several basketball clubs, he secured a place on the GreatBritain national basketball team. Redmond sent a signed photo of theteam to the surgeon that had told him he would never represent hiscountry in sport again.After playing basketball professionally, he chose to play rugby, anotherof his favourite sports. He managed to reach division 1 with theintention of representing Great Britain in three different sports.However, after completing trials for the England Sevens team, he didnot succeed in getting a place in the squad.Today Derek Redmond does motivational speaking, inspiring peoplewith his story of the 4x400 gold medal triumph and his famous ordealin the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.