Team USA’s Women Win Three World Titles At Track Cycling Championships

By Olivia Truby | March 04, 2017, 7:59 p.m. (ET)

Shawn Morelli competes in the women's C5 individual pursuit at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships.

  • Samantha Bosco, Shawn Morelli and Jamie Whitmore won three gold medals for Team USA
  • U.S. athletes claimed six medals on the third day of competition at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships

LOS ANGELES – Team USA’s women added three gold medals in the pursuit and scratch race to boost the medal haul to 16 at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships on the penultimate day of competition at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, California.

It was a six-medal day for Team USA with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. With one day of competition remaining, Team USA has already surpassed its previous record of 12 medals from the 2015 edition of the championships.

Shawn Morelli (Meadville, Pennsylvania) stepped to the top of the podium for the second day in a row as she claimed gold in the women’s C4 4-kilometer individual pursuit by overtaking Canada’s Marie-Claude Molnar. During Friday’s competition, Morelli won her first time trial world title.

It was a showdown between Team USA’s Samantha Bosco (Spring Hill, Florida) and Jennifer Schuble (Homewood, Alabama) in the gold-medal final of the women’s C5 4km pursuit. Ultimately it was Bosco who pulled away to cross the line first and claim gold, with Schuble taking silver. The win marked the first world championship title for Bosco, and the second podium of the championships for Schuble, who won gold in Friday’s time trial.

Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga, California) grabbed his second medal of the championships as he took bronze in the men’s C5 4km individual pursuit by catching his competitor, Alistair Donohoe from Australia. Murphy also won gold in Friday’s time trial.

The women’s 10km scratch race was the final event of the day, and Team USA claimed two podium spots in the combined C1-3 and C4-5 race. Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, California) grabbed the top spot on the C1-3 podium, and her teammate Schuble took bronze in the C4-5 standings.

Competition concludes on Sunday with the tandem sprint, team sprint and men’s scratch race at the VELO Sports Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

QUOTES
Shawn Morelli
“It’s really exciting to win back-to-back titles on our home track and in front of our home crowd, especially in front of my family. It’s a great feeling. It’s hard to put into words. Coming into today I was a little tired from the effort yesterday, but I just tried to stay loose and be ready.”

Jamie Whitmore
“It was pretty exciting to have three Americans in. I’m always excited when I get to race the more able-bodied class, the C4-5 women, because it pushes me to go harder and to basically try to hang on. It was good. I was happy to be in it on the last lap. I knew I wasn’t going to outsprint any of them, but it’s always my goal to see how far I can make it with those upper classes.”

Sam Bosco
“I don’t really know how to put it into words. It’s indescribable. I thought getting my first bronze medal in Rio was something that was a complete and utter shock, and unsurpassable. This is right up there with it. I’m thankful for it. It’s not just a medal for me, it’s a medal for all the people who believed in me and supported me along the way. For my great uncle Bill who passed away on Valentine’s Day, and even for the people who doubted me. A lot went into making this hapen, and I’m just glad I could represent those people and my country.

OVERALL MEDAL COUNT
Team USA: 16
Shawn Morelli: 2 golds (C4 500m Time Trial, 4km Individual Pursuit)
Joe Berenyi: 1 gold (C3 1km Time Trial), 1 silver (C3 3km Individual Pursuit)
Jennifer Schuble: 1 gold (C5 500m Time Trial), 1 silver (C5 4km Individual Pursuit), 1 bronze (C4-5 Scratch Race)
Chris Murphy: 1 gold (C5 1km Time Trial), 1 bronze (C5 4km Individual Pursuit)
Samantha Bosco: 1 gold (C5 4km Individual Pursuit)
Jamie Whitmore: 2 golds (C3 500m Time Trial, C1-3 Scratch Race)
Aaron Keith: 1 silver (C2 3km Individual Pursuit)
Billy Lister: 1 silver (C1 3km Individual Pursuit)
Todd Key: 1 bronze (C1 1km Time Trial)
Chester Triplett, Stephen Pedone: 1 bronze (Tandem 4km Individual Pursuit)

RESULTS AND UPDATES
Follow live results on the UCI website and U.S. Paralympics on Facebook and Twitter for Team USA updates. Sunday’s competition will be streamed live by the UCI.