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Chris Hammer

Athletics | Triathlon


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Amy, daughter Peyton
Elkins, WV, USA
Higher education
Education, Mathematics - Grand Valley State University: Allendale, MI, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para triathlon in 2013 at age 27 in Utah, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He was interested in the sport and thought his running style would be well suited to competing in Para triathlon.
Name of coach
Derick Williamson [national], USA
Training Regime
He trains at the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America.

General interest

Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 18 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I love pushing myself as hard as I can and then trying to push some more." (, 18 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours
While at Grand Valley State University in the United States of America, in 2007 and 2008 he received the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference [GLIAC] Commissioner's Award. The award is presented to student-athletes who show academic and sporting excellence. (, 01 Jan 2021)
Other sports
He competed in athletics in the men's T46 marathon, 800m and 1500m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 18 Jan 2015;, 19 Sep 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 26 Aug 2021)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 08 Aug 2021)
He was born without a left hand. (Athlete, 18 Jan 2015)
Other information
During the 2018/19 season he began working as head triathlon coach at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia, United States of America. He has also coached at Good Boys Running Club in Denver, CO, United States of America. He holds a level 2 coaching certification from USA Triathlon, and serves as a member of the USA Triathlon Nationals Coaching Committee. (Instagram profile, 24 Aug 2021;, 01 Jan 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020;, 10 Dec 2019)

He has studied for master's degrees at Eastern Washington University [sport psychology] and the University of Utah [business administration], as well as for a PhD in sport psychology at the University of Utah. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020;, 03 Jul 2016; Athlete, 18 Jan 2015)


Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T46 Final 2011-01-30 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T46 Heat 2 2012-09-01 6
Men's 1500 m T46 Final Round 2012-09-04 9
Men's 800 m T46 Heat 1 2012-09-06 9
Men's Marathon T46 Final Round 2012-09-09 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men PT4 Final Round 2016-09-10 4