Peterborough photographer recreates famous athletics image with Team GB legends

The Peterborough recreation of 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.

The Peterborough recreation of 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.

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An iconic photograph 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 by a Peterborough man.

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

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.

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.

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 Peterborough based photographer Paul David Smith at Peterborough Arena for Briggs & Stratton to mark the launch of InStart, a starting system for petrol-powered lawnmowers.

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”.