Going for gold! Four world champions come to Peterborough to recreate an iconic image with a local photographer

Great Britain celebrate winning gold in the 4 x 400 metres Relay final at the 1991 World Championshi

Great Britain celebrate winning gold in the 4 x 400 metres Relay final at the 1991 World Championships held at the Olympic Stadium, in Tokyo, Japan. - Credit: Archant

A photographer has recreated an iconic image of four athletes who won gold in the world championships in 1991 during a photo shoot at Peterborough.

Great Britain celebrate winning gold in the 4 x 400 metres Relay final at the 1991 World Championshi

Great Britain celebrate winning gold in the 4 x 400 metres Relay final at the 1991 World Championships held at the Olympic Stadium, in Tokyo, Japan. - Credit: Archant

The shot of Great Britain’s men’s 4x400 metres relay team following their victory at the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, has been recreated nearly a quarter of a century later.

Peterborough photographer Paul David Smith said: “Being able to recreate such an iconic photograph which captured the essence of a fantastic evening for Great Britain’s athletics team was a real honour.

“We may have lacked a grand stadium and cheering crowds with the recreation but the photograph really does show the spirit of their friendship remains to this present day”.

The image features athletic stars Derek Redmond, Roger Black, John Regis and Kriss Akabusi in jubilant spirits after their gold medal win.


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Originally shot by Gary Mortimore the image, which shows the quartet draped in Union Jacks and holding their trainers aloft in triumph, was recreated by Mr Smith at Peterborough Arena.

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