jim redmond death obituary, passed away at the age 81 – Jim Redmond famously ran from his spot in the audience to help his son Derek, who had ruptured his hamstring, cross the finish line at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona; the moment became one of the most iconic in Olympic Games history.
Jim Redmond, the 81-year-old man whose intervention to enable his paralyzed son Derek cross the finish line in Barcelona in 1992 became one of the most iconic Olympic scenes, has died.
Redmond leapt from his position in the stands to embrace Derek, who had strained his hamstring at the top of the home straight during his men’s 400m semi-final.
Millions of people have watched video of Redmond assisting his son in crossing the finish line at the Olympic Stadium.
The British Olympic Association paid tribute to Redmond, saying his Olympic moment would “never be forgotten.”
“Our sympathies are with Derek Redmond and his family following the passing of his father,” the International Olympic Committee announced on Twitter.
“Together, they brought us one of the most inspirational moments in Olympic history.”
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson, part of the United States team which won the 4x400m title in Barcelona, also paid tribute.
He tweeted: “I remember this so clearly. The love and support Derek’s dad had for his son was on full display in front of the world in that difficult moment. Condolences to Derek and his family.”