barcelona 1992 olympics

Derek Redmond posted the fastest time of the first round, and went on to win his quarter-final. In the semi-final, Redmond started well, but in the back straight about 250 metres from the finish, his hamstring snapped. He hobbled to a halt, and then fell to the ground in pain. Stretcher bearers made their way over to him, but Redmond decided he wanted to finish the race. He began to hobble along the track. He was soon joined on the track by his father, Jim Redmond, who barged past security and on to the track to get to his son. Jim and Derek completed the lap of the track together, with Derek leaning on his father’s shoulder for support.

This fuckin’ picture, man.

check out yusuke urameshi dressed as a matador in a shounen jump spread in honor of the 1992 barcelona olympics

there’s more characters too if you take a closer look


I don’t have to say a word to you
You seem to know
Whatever mood I’m going through
Feel as though I’ve known you forever

You can look into my eyes and see
The way I feel
And how the world is treating me
Maybe I have known you forever

Amigos para siempre
Means you’ll always be my friend
Amics per sempre
Means a love that cannot end
Friends for life
Not just a summer or a spring

Amigos para siempre

I feel you near me
Even when we are apart
Just knowing you are in this world
Can warm my heart
Friends for life
Not just a summer or a spring

Amigos para siempre

Yup, I’ve got it bad for these two, and any song can pretty much fit with them! Gifs made by me from various videos of the Doctor Who World Tour from six of the seven cities visited (London not included): Cardiff, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City, and Rio de Janerio. The song is titled, “Amigos Para Siempre” and was performed by Sarah Brightman and José Carreras for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

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Now this was amazing.

“As the gun signaled the start of his semi-final, Redmond charged out of the blocks, making good speed over his first 250m. At that point his right hamstring snapped. The one time British 400m record holder pulled sharply up as the rest of his field ran away from him, leaving Redmond on his knees and crippled, his Olympic dream over.

What followed, however, is one of the most memorable moments in Olympic history. Redmond got back to his feet and tried to finish the race. In an act of true courage against adversity, Redmond could only hop on one leg towards the finish line. Pain etched on his face as each step became more painful than the last, Redmond would not give up. He had promised himself and his father, that he would finish the race ‘no matter what,’ and he would keep that promise.

Half way to the finish line on one leg and crying with desperation, Derek was joined by his father Jim. The moment Redmond crossed the finish line brought sixty-five thousand spectators to their feet in a standing ovation, many also in tears. Few can remember that Steve Lewis of the USA won the semi-final in a time of 44.50. But no one who saw it will ever forget Derek Redmond’s courage on the day he defined the essence of the human and Olympic spirit.”