Berenyi Adds Second Gold At Para-cycling World Championships

By Brianna Tammaro | March 27, 2015, 6 p.m. (ET)
Joe Berenyi competes during the men's C3 3-kilometer pursuit race at the Omnisport Apeldoorn velodrome on March 27, 2015 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.


APELDOORN, Netherlands — Joe Berenyi earned his second world title of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships today in the men’s C3 3-kilometer individual pursuit in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois) upgraded his pursuit silver from last year’s world championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico to top the podium on the second day of competition.

The reigning Paralympic champion in the individual pursuit, Berenyi is off to a stellar start at worlds. After missing the podium by .039 of a second at last year’s world championships, the three-time Paralympic medalist came back to win his first career world title in Thursday’s time trial race. 

“Today was another great day,” Berenyi said. “Winning two jerseys is an incredible accomplishment.  Everything went smooth in the qualification round and final.  I’m looking forward to the team sprint and scratch race on Sunday.”

Jamie Whitmore (Mt. Aukum, California) added to her medal collection with silver in today’s women’s C3 3km pursuit, finishing ahead of Australia’s Simone Kennedy and behind Germany’s Denise Schindler. Whitmore comes off a gold-medal performance in Thursday’s C3 500-meter time trial, earning her third career world track cycling title. At her first track cycling world championship in 2014, Whitmore won gold in the time trial and pursuit events and set two world records.

Winning her second bronze medal of the competition, Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colorado) took third in the women’s C2 race behind first place Alyda Norbruis of Netherlands and second place Sini Zeng of China. Norbruis is the defending world champion and holds the world record broken in last year’s pursuit championship race. Jones, a seven-time Paralympian and eight-time Paralympic medalist, is the 2012 Paralympic champion in the individual pursuit and finished third at last year’s world championships. 

Other notable U.S. performances today include a sixth place finish for Todd Key (Scottsdale, Arizona) in the men’s C1 race and personal records for Key and Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Washington) in C2.

Team USA has earned six medals—three gold, one silver and two bronze—so far at the 2015 world championships with two days of competition remaining. 

“We have had two solid days of racing,” Ian Lawless, high performance director for U.S. Paralympic Cycling said. “The team gained three more podiums and several personal best times, including those of Todd Key and Aaron Keith. The athletes are motivated by the results of their team members and look forward to carrying their momentum into the next two days of competition.”

Pursuit races continue tomorrow with the C4 and C5 classes as men race 4km and women race 3km. Full results from today’s competition can be found at Paracycling2015.com.