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Paralympic pioneer Chris Hallam dies

August 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | News Desk

Chris Hallam

The Paralympian Chris Hallam, who won medals for swimming and wheelchair racing at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Paralympic Games, has died.

Hallam, who lived in Pontypool, Torfaen, was paralysed below the chest in a motorcycling accident. Within a few years he won the 50m breaststroke at the World Disabled Games.

He won the London Marathon in 1985 and 1987, setting course records. In 1986 he completed a 400-mile wheelchair ride around Wales to raise money for a centre for the disabled at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Hallam retired from competitive sport in 1996. The athlete, who had been ill for some time, died on Friday, Disability Sport Wales said. He was in his late 40s.

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