Team USA’s women win three medals at track cycling world championships

By Katie Branham | April 12, 2014, 10:45 a.m. (ET)

Greta Neimanas, Jamie Whitmore and Allison Jones finished on the podium on Day 3 of the track cycling world championships.

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Team USA's women had an outstanding day at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships as they won three medals on the third day of competition at the Bicentenary Velodrome.

While the temperatures in the velodrome soared above 100 degrees, that didn't stop the women of Team USA from taking home one gold and two bronze medals to bring the U.S. medal count to eight (two golds, three silvers and three bronzes).

Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, Calif.) won her second world title of the week and picked up her second world record of the week as she won the women’s C3 3-kilometer pursuit. In the morning’s qualifying round, Whitmore briefly held the world record, before Denise Schindler of Germany bettered the mark. But in the gold-medal final, Whitmore came back to make a statement as she broke the world record and won in a time of 4:07.487.

“It is a really great feeling to win and see the record broken three times,” Whitmore said. “It is kind of nice to not have a lot of expectations because you are so new to the sport, so there was more excitement than pressure, and I was just able to go out and ride as fast as I possibly could.”

After winning silver in the time trial earlier in the week, Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won her second medal of the championships with bronze in the women’s pursuit. Jones has had a busy month after winning bronze in alpine skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in March.

“This track is amazing, and I want to come back to this track with more than a week’s worth of training in me,” Jones said. “I think I can go that next step. Those girls that are winning really aren’t much farther ahead of me in the grand scheme of things. I think with a little more training and more preparation I could have been with them. I’m really excited for my own PR’s and everything I accomplished here, but at the same time I’m ready to come back here and get some more.”

Greta Neimanas (Asheville, N.C.) won her eighth world championships medal on the track as she claimed bronze in the women’s C5 pursuit. Neimanas closed the gap on Fiona Southorn of New Zealand and passed her with half a lap remaining to win the bronze-medal race.

In the men’s C3 1-kilometer time trial Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Ill.) and Jason Kimball (Spring Lake, N.C.) both rode faster than the previous world record, as five men bettered the mark. The Americans were on the cusp of the podium as they finished fourth and fifth, with Berenyi clocking 1:08.119 and Kimball clocking 109.440, respectively. Berenyi was only three-hundredths away from a podium finish.

Also in the men’s 1-kilometer time trial, Matt Bigos (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.) finished seventh in the men’s C1 class in 1:28.728, while Justin Widhalm (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished seventh in 1:07.644 and Scott Martin (Oceanside, Calif.) finished 12th in 1:09.912 in the C4 class. Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) ended the day for the men with a big personal best of 1:06.205 to finish seventh in the C5 class.

In the morning’s qualification rounds, Jennifer Schuble (Birmingham, Ala.) finished sixth in the women’s C5 pursuit qualifications.

Competition concludes April 13 with the team sprints and scratch race. 

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