Berenyi wins silver on second day of UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships

By Katie Branham | April 11, 2014, 6:01 p.m. (ET)
 In his track cycling world championships debut, Joe Berenyi won silver in the men's pursuit.

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Reigning Paralympic champion Joe Berenyi won silver in the men’s C3 pursuit on the second day of competition at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships at the Bicentenary Velodrome.

Berenyi (Oswego, Ill.) looked poised to take the title as he unleashed a late surge in the C3 3-kilometer pursuit to close a half-second gap on Alexey Obydennov of Russia. While the two looked to be in a dead-heat, it  was the Russian who crossed the line first, with Berenyi was only four-hundredths of a second behind to take silver. In the morning’s qualifying round, no fewer than five men bettered the previous world record, with Berenyi going eight seconds faster than the previous mark.

Scott Martin (Oceanside, Calif.) advanced to the bronze medal final of the C4 4-kilometer men’s pursuit after briefly owning the world record  with his 4:39.616 effort in qualification, before two more men would go on to improve the record even more. In the final Martin finished fourth behind Carol-Eduard Novak of Romania.

After winning bronze in yesterday’s pursuit, Clark Rachfal (Annapolis, Md.) and Dave Swanson (Tucson, Ariz.) were less than a second away from the podium in the men’s tandem 1-kilometer time trial as they finished 6th in 1:03.393. The U.S. team of Lance Footer (Greenville, S.C.) and pilot Shawn Olin (Chula Vista, Calif.) finished 12th in 1:08.941.

In the women’s tandem time trial, Karissa Whitsell and pilot Jennifer Triplett, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., finished 8th in a very competitive field. Four tandem teams rode faster than the previous world record, with Whitsell and Triplett finishing just more than a second off of the previous record as they crossed the line in 1:09.721.

In the morning’s qualifying round of the pursuit, Chris Murphy (Alta Loma, Calif.) and Justin Widhalm (Colorado Springs, Colo.) recorded massive personal bests to finish 7th and 8th in the men’s C5 and C4 classes respectively. Team USA’s Matt Bigos (Cardiff By The Sea, Calif.) finished 7th in the men’s C1 pursuit.

Over two days of competition Team USA has won five medals, with one gold, three silvers and one bronze.

Competition resumes tomorrow with the women’s pursuit and the men’s time trial and runs through Sunday, April 13. For complete results and more information, visit