British athlete Derek Redmond, who was in fine form heading into the Barcelona Games, had posted the fastest time in his heat but tore his hamstring on the back straight of the 400 meters semi-final. But instead of seeking medical attention, he attempted to hobble to the finish line.
As he rounded the curve, he was joined by his father, who barged past track officials and waved them away, holding his inconsolable son and crossing the line together as the fans at the stadium gave them a standing ovation.
“Our thoughts are with Derek Redmond and his family following the death of his father, Jim,” the Olympic Games said on Twitter on Tuesday.
“Together, they brought us one of the most inspirational moments in Olympic history.”
Team Great Britain said, “Rest in peace Jim Redmond, father to Derek, whose Olympic moment will never be forgotten.”
Two decades after helping his son cross the line, Jim Redmond would go on to be a torch bearer at the London 2012 Olympics.
“Whatever happened, he had to finish and I was going to help him finish,” Jim had told the BBC after the race.
“We started his career together and we were going to finish it together.”