Derek Redmond's dad to carry Olympic torch

The father of former British athlete Derek Redmond is chosen as one of the torch bearers for London 2012.

Derek Redmond's father has been chosen to be a torch bearer for this year's London Olympics.

Jim Redmond and his son delivered an iconic Olympic moment at Barcelona 1992 as they crossed the finish line during a 400m race together.

Derek tore a hamstring in the semi-final and Jim entered the track from the stands to help his son complete the race.

Jim recalled to The Sun: "During the first 100m we thought he'd finish in the first three, then his leg went but, Derek being Derek, he would never give up.

"We finished the race jointly. I didn't realise 20 years later it would still be talked about, I'm delighted, honoured and very, very proud. Derek is very happy I was chosen. It means he is still recognised too."

The relay of the torch will end on July 27, the date of the opening ceremony for London 2012.

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