Chris Hallam competing
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Archive of Paralympic 'icon' Chris Hallam

Paralympian Chris Hallam, one of the pioneers of disabled sport, has died.

The athlete won medals for swimming and wheelchair racing in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Paralympic Games.

Hallam, who was in his late 40s and lived in Pontypool, Torfaen, was a flamboyant character. He twice won the London Marathon, setting course records.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson called him an "icon in wheelchair sport".

BBC footage shows Hallam and fellow Paralympian John Harris competing, along with a young Tanni Grey receiving an award from the man she calls her "inspiration".

Paralympic pioneer Chris Hallam dies

  • 18 Aug 2013