Coach: Dick Telford
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Chris Hamer started running in Little Athletics and became more serious in high school. In his late teens, he won two Australian junior titles. In 2007 he ran at the IAAF world junior cross country championships, but this was followed by numerous injuries including, 12 lower limb stress fractures, broken fibula, four surgeries, including navicular, plantaris and Achilles. Between 2011 and 2013 he occasionally raced between injuries.
A good run in the 2013 Zatopek race, earned selection in the 10,000m for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games but did not make it to the start line. “I had been battling an Achilles injury for a while. I could have run, but wouldn’t have performed at my best. I withdrew and ended up having the first of two Achilles surgeries a few weeks later.” A suggested coaching move to Dick Telford made a big difference. By 2016 and 2017 he was regularly running on the track, road and cross country. He made a sensational marathon debut in October 2017, clocking 2:13.32 in the Amsterdam marathon.
His selection for the Commonwealth Games marathon was a great reward for persistence, after he was forced to withdraw from the Glasgow Games due to injury. In February 2018 he signalled he was in great form clocking a 99 second half-marathon PB of 62:29 in Japan.
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