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GRAF Sandra
Sport Para athletics, Para-Cycling
NPC Switzerland   
GenderWomen
Age48
Place of BirthAppenzell, SUI
Height1.63 m
Weight 59 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughters Melanie and Mara
Residence
Gais, SUI
Languages
German, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up handcycling after competing in wheelchair racing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Why this sport?
She took up handcycling as it was similar to wheelchair racing and allowed her to train with her husband [at the time].
Name of coach
Daniel Hirs [national], SUI
General Interest
Hobbies
Skiing, swimming. (swissparalympic.ch, 23 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
She was Switzerland's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Other sports
She competed in athletics at each Paralympic Games from 2000 to 2016, including winning a bronze medal in the T54 marathon at the Games in 2008 and 2012. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Sep 2016)
Impairment
In 1991 she fractured her spine between the 11th and 12th thoracic vertebrae and crushed her spinal cord after falling off the rings while gymnastics training. (sandra-graf.ch, 13 Dec 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
8 2000 1500m T54 3:51.04
8 2000 400m T54 1:05.16
7 2000 5000m T54 12:48.72
Semifinal 2000 800m T54 2:09.45
5 2000 Marathon T54 1:59:54
12 2004 800m T54 1:56.11 
10 2004 1500m T54 3:30.30 
6 2004 5000m T54 12:10.50 
5 2004 Marathon T54 1:59:09 
5 2008 5000m T54 12:30.55
10 2008 800m T54 1:58.67
6 2008 1500m T54 3:42.26
3 2008 Marathon T54 1:40:01
Round 1 2012 5000m T54 13:12.82
3 2012 Marathon T54 1:46:35
8 2016 Marathon T54 1:38:52
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
10 2002 800m T54 2:08.78
7 2002 1500m T54 3:48.25
3 2002 5000m T54 13:28.85
3 2002 Marathon T54 1:53:31
9 2006 400m T54 1:02.76
6 2006 800m T54 1:58.31
7 2006 1500m T54 3:44.89
2 2006 5000m T54 13:32.66
2 2006 Marathon T54 1:44.23
2 2011 5000m T54 12:52.61
6 2011 800m T54 1:56.31
5 2011 1500m T54 3:37.19
2 2011 Marathon T54 1:48:24
9 2013 5000m T54 12:11.62
  2013 Marathon T54  DNF
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010 H3 - Time Trial 25:49
2 2010 H3 - Road Race 1:19:41
2 2011 H3 - Time Trial 29:02
2 2011 H3 - Road Race 1:27:47
3 2013 H3 - Time Trial 38:16
3 2013 H3 - Road Race 2:04:11
  2014 H4 - Time Trial  DNS
  2014 H4 - Road Race  DNS
3 2015 H4 - Time Trial 29:47
3 2015 H4 - Road Race 1:36:19
Paralympic Games - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 H3 - Time Trial 33:21.61
5 2012 H1-3 - Road Race 1:50:13
8 2016 H4-5 - Time Trial 34:30.00
7 2016 H1-4 - Road Race 1:23:41
Marathon World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015 Marathon T53/54 1:46:27