GVSU - Former Laker Chris Hammer Finishes 9th at 2012 Paralympics

GVSU - Former Laker Chris Hammer Finishes 9th at 2012 Paralympics

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LONDON - Grand Valley State University was proud to have former Laker runner Chris Hammer ('08) compete in the 1500m event at the 2012 Paralympics this week. Hammer was able to qualify for the finals of the event, where he finished ninth.

Hammer competed in the preliminary round of competition on Saturday (Sept. 1), where he finished sixth in heat number two with a time of 4:03.41 to qualify for Tuesday's final.

The lone American in the event, Hammer finished ninth in the 11-person final with a time of 4:01.76, 10 seconds behind the podium.

The winner from Kenya, Abraham Tarbei, set a new world record in the 1500m T46 classification with a time of 3:50.15. Tarbei just beat Ethiopia's Wondiye Fike Indelbu, who crossed in 3:50.87.

Hammer was a four-time track and field All-American at GVSU, finishing in the top eight of the 3,000m steeplechase all four years of his outdoor career. Hammer also recorded a 30th place finish in the 2007 cross country national championship to earn an All-American honor there, as well.

Hammer will have two more opportunities to medal at the 2012 Paralympics. He will compete in the prelims of the 800m event on Thursday (Sept. 6) and the final will take place on Saturday (Sept. 8). The most taxing event for Hammer will take place on Sunday (Sept. 9), when he competes in the Paralympic marathon.