Para-Cyclist Chris Murphy Wins First World Title On First Track He Ever Set Foot On

By Olivia Truby | March 03, 2017, 9:53 p.m. (ET)
Chris Murphy won gold in the men's C5 time trial at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships.

 

  • Chris Murphy, Shawn Morelli and Jennifer Schuble won three time trial gold medals
  • Joe Berenyi, Aaron Keith and Billy Lister each won individual pursuit silver
  • U.S. athletes claimed six medals on the second day of the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships

LOS ANGELES – Team USA’s Chris Murphy, Shawn Morelli and Jennifer Schuble each won time trial gold at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships on the second day of competition at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, California. It was a six-medal day for Team USA with three gold and three silver medals.

Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga, California) recorded the first world championship medal and first title of his career as he won the men’s C5 1-kilometer time trial. Murphy crossed the line in a time of 1:07.056, more than a second over silver medalist Jonathan Gildea of Great Britain.

Shawn Morelli (Meadville, Pennsylvania) won her first time trial world title as she took first place in the women’s C4 500-meter time trial. Morelli finished in a time of 41.575, more than one second ahead of her closest competitor.

Jennifer Schuble (Homewood, Alabama) won gold in the women’s C5 500m time trial, while Samantha Bosco (Spring Hill, Florida) finished second. Schuble recorded a time of 39.582, with Bosco crossing the line in 40.022. The win marked Schuble’s first world title since she won the same event in 2009. The victory was even sweeter for Schuble as her father was in the stands and able to cheer her on to victory for the first time in her career.

Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois) won his second medal in as many days at the world championships as he took home silver in the men’s C3 3km pursuit after winning gold in the 1km time trial during the previous day’s competition.

Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Washington) and Billy Lister (Cold Spring Harbor, New York) won the first track cycling world championship medals of their careers as they both won silver in the 3-kilometer individual pursuit. Keith finished second in the men’s C2 race, while Lister finished second in the men’s C1 event.

Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, California) grabbed second in an incredibly close race in the women’s C3 pursuit. Whitmore finished just over one-tenth of a second behind gold medalist Simone Kennedy of Australia.

Competition resumes on Saturday with more pursuit, time trial and scratch race action and continues through Sunday at the VELO Sports Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

QUOTES

Chris Murphy
“Unbelievable, to say the least. It has extra significance being a home world championships, but this is also the track I learned to ride on, and first track I ever stepped on, so to win a world championship, it blows my mind away.

“I learned a lot from going to Rio and from getting the opportunity to go at a late hour. It changed my mentality towards training, not that I had a bad attitude before, but my mentality changed towards training and everything has been working in the right direction. Plus, with the addition of our new head coach Simon Bennett, it’s been huge to the development of our program and to me personally with the guidance on the track. I can’t thank him enough.”

Shawn Morelli
“You know it was really exciting. A lot of people had faith in me, more than I had faith in myself. I just wanted to ride a PR, being in front of the home crowd and my family, and do the best that i can. It ended well for me today.

“That’s the best experience in racing at this level, is that you get to race at home in front of your family and friends and your home crowd. I learned to ride on this track with all the volunteers here, and the people that taught me to ride. So do this in front of them and my family is just the best.”

Jennifer Schuble
“This is the first time my dad has ever been able to watch me race. And to win it - it’s pretty awesome. It’s also amazing to be able to race in my home country and win a world championship at this track and see so many of my teammates win today - it’s amazing. But I’m so glad he was finally be able to see me race.”

Joe Berenyi
“It was great to have a Rio rematch with Dave Nicholas from Australia. I love to compete, and he pushes me every time we face off. My focus was really on the time trial yesterday, so I’m happy to add a silver to that gold here in LA.”

Aaron Keith
“I really didn’t appreciate the medals that I got on the road, I think I kind of took them too lightly, so I really appreciate getting back on the podium. Tristan Chernove, the Canadian, is a really amazing athlete so I’m happy to be on the podium with him, and share some hardware with some of the Americans that are here this weekend.”

Billy Lister
“It’s beyond an exciting opportunity to stand on the podium for the first time at a world championship race wearing the stars and stripes and competing in front of the home crowd in Los Angeles.

“Coming into today I really wanted to focus on my process and get to the things that I’m good at. It paid off in qualifying, and was able to advance to the final round. In the final round I knew I was matched up against a really fierce competitor who had become the world champion the day before in the kilo, so I wanted to go out as hard as I possibly could and hold on for as long as possible. I think I achieved that goal, and it was a lot of fun.”

OVERALL MEDAL COUNT
Team USA: 10
Joe Berenyi: 1 gold (C3 1km Time Trial), 1 silver (C3 3km Individual Pursuit)
Shawn Morelli: 1 gold (C4 500m Time Trial)
Chris Murphy: 1 gold (C5 1km Time Trial)
Jennifer Schuble: 1 gold (C5 500m Time Trial)
Jamie Whitmore: 1 gold (C3 500m Time Trial)
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)