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True, Fun + Interesting: On Perseverance, Tokyo 2020, Time Wasting


Edition#9 on True, Fun + Interesting. Providing you with general knowledge and insights right on time for the weekend.


On Perseverance


It was the Summer Olympics of 1992 in Barcelona. The event had many historic moments. South Africa competed for the first time since 1960 after being banned for racial apartheid. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley competed alongside each other for a gold medal. Deratu Tulu of Ethiopia created history by winning the 10,000-metre race and becoming the first black African woman to win an Olympic medal. While all were tremendous and historical moments, it was down at the running track story of perseverance and empathy had been created. In the quarter-finals of the 400-metre sprint, Derek Redmond was the favourite to win Gold. As the athletes were in position, the starter’s gun fired and burst out of the blocks.

Almost halfway through the race, Derek Redmond tore his hamstring and collapsed in agony onto the track. Silence drew around the stadium, where there was a sense of disbelief. As the medical attendants came to assist, Derek waved them off and slowly struggled to his feet. He trained his whole life for this moment and was going and reach the finish line no matter what. As the entire stadium looked on, an elderly man jumped the barriers and ran onto the track. The officials attempted to stop him, but he pushed them away. The man was Derek Redmond’s father, Jim. He ran up beside Derek and put his arm around him. “You don’t have to finish the race, son”. Derek replied, “Yes, I do” – to which his father responded, “Then we’ll finish this race together, son”. With Jim carrying his son to the finish line, tears were streaming down his face. The crowd rose as one and applauded and cheered as the father and son limped across the finish line. A story of perseverance and empathy etched in history forever.


Fun Fact: Tokyo 2020


The four new sports in this years Olympics are: Karate, skateboarding, surfing and rock climbing. Unfortunately it’s only due to the popularity in Japan. We won’t see these sports in Paris 2024.


On Time Wasting


“It’s not that we have little time, but more that we waste a great deal of it.” – Seneca