Tributes paid to pioneering Paralympian Chris Hallam

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

The athlete won medals for swimming and wheelchair racing in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Paralympian Games. He also won the London Marathon twice , setting new course records.

Hallam, who was in his late 40s and had been ill for some time, died on Friday, Disability Sport Wales said.

Chris Hallam wins the 1987 London Marathon wheelchair race Credit: Reuters

His fellow Paralympian Jim Munkley said: "Chris will be remembered as a true legend of Paralympic and Welsh sport.

"Not only was he was true competitor in every sense of the word, but he was also a great character to be around and to have known.

"He was a larger-than-life character that you just wanted to be near to. 'Shades', as he was known, was a dear friend and will be sorely missed by everyone who ever knew him."