Derek, who made his way to the Barcelona games, had set the fastest time in his heat, but tore his hamstring on the back straight. But instead of seeking medical attention, he tried to stumble to the finish.
As he rounded the bend, he was joined by his father Jim, who rushed past the track marshals and waved them off, holding his inconsolable son and crossing the line together as the fans in the stadium gave them a standing ovation.
“Our thoughts are with Derek Redmond and his family following the death of his father, Jim,” the Olympics said on Twitter on Tuesday.
Our thoughts are with Derek Redmond and his family following the death of his father, Jim. Together they released… https://t.co/SYZU9eXEFJ
— The Olympics (@Olympic Games) 1664873370000
“Together they brought us one of the most inspiring moments in Olympic history.”
Team GB said “Rest in peace Jim Redmondfather of Derek, whose Olympic moment will never be forgotten.”
Two decades after helping Derek cross the line, Jim would go on to become a torchbearer at the 2012 London Olympics.
“Whatever happened, he had to finish and I would help him to finish,” Jim told the BBC after the race.
“We started his career together and we would finish it together.”