GVSU - Chris Hammer Places Fourth at 2016 Rio Paralympics
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Tanner Mickey - Athletics Communications Assistant
RIO DE JANEIRO – Former Grand Valley State track & field and cross country runner Chris Hammer competed in the 2016 Paralympics today in Rio de Janeiro. Hammer participated in the triathlon and placed fourth overall with a time of 1:03:43, just missing a bronze medal by 39 seconds.
After a slow start to competition in the swimming leg where he posted the ninth best time at 12:24, Hammer was able to put up impressive times in both the bike leg (32:34) and running leg (16:36), where he put up the second fastest time in each.
The 30 year old Hammer placed fourth behind bronze medalist Jairo Ruiz Lopez of Spain, silver medalist Stefan Daniel of Canada, and gold medalist Martin Schulz of Germany.
Hammer was one of three United States men to compete in the triathlon at the Paralympics.