Saturday, December 30, 2006

Derek Redmond and Dad...

No one has probably heard of Derek Redmond of Great Britain, nor had I, is in agony as he is helped to the finish line by his father, Jim, after tearing his hamstring muscle in the semi-finals of the men's 400 meter run.

Redmond collapsed about half way through the race with the injury, but got up, determined to finish despite the pain. His father came out of the stands and onto the track to help his son. Redmond initially tried to push him away, not realizing who he was, but then heard a familiar voice. "Derek, it's me" his father said.

Redmond told his father "I've got to finish this race." His father said "If you're gonna finish the race, we'll finish it together."

With his father's help, Redmond made it to the finish line.

Redmond, a brilliant runner whose career was plagued by injuries, had previously suffered a similar fate during qualifying for the 400 meter race in the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. In a qualifying heat for the 400 meter race, he pulled an Achilles tendon, an injury that led to five surgeries.

Later, watching a video of that 1992 Olympic race, Redmond said "I don't think I've ever cried so much in my life. It's more embarrassing than anything else--men don't cry."


Heide said...

Amazing article, with one exception MEN DO CRY. It shows they have feelings and emotions just like everyone else. Jesus even wept!!I wish I knew how to be there more for you and your family for love and support. But since I don't, I'm asking the Lord to. I pray He will carry each of you through each and every day and give strength and courage where it is needed.


Justin Kukowski said...

Heide, one cannot say it enough you're great.