- Team USA’s Joe Berenyi and Jamie Whitmore both won time trial gold
- Todd Key, Chester Triplett and pilot Stephen Pedone won their first world championship medals as they took home bronze
- U.S. athletes claimed four medals on the first day of the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships
LOS ANGELES – Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois) and Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, California) stepped to the top of the podium for Team USA on the first day of competition at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, California. It was a four-medal day for Team USA with two golds and two bronzes.
Berenyi defended his 2016 title in the men’s C3 1-kilometer time trial as he won gold in a time of 1:09.296, nearly a second and a half faster than David Nicholas of Australia. Berenyi’s teammate Jason Kimball (Charlotte, North Carolina) finished just shy of the podium, as less than one-tenth of a second separated him from the bronze medal.
Whitmore won her third world title in the women’s C3 500-meter time trial after finishing with the bronze medal in the same event at the 2016 championships. Whitmore’s time of 43.640 seconds put her nearly half a second faster than silver medalist Simone Kennedy of Australia.
In the men’s C1 1km time trial, Todd Key (Scottsdale, Arizona) won his first international medal in a time of 1:23.201. He pulled out a podium finish with one-tenth of a second gap over his closest competitor.
It was another inaugural trip to the podium for Chester Triplett (Mooresville, North Carolina) in the men’s tandem 4km individual pursuit, along with pilot Stephen Pedone (Tucson, Arizona). Triplett and Pedone defeated the Swedish tandem by more than five seconds in the bronze-medal final.
Competition resumes on Friday with more pursuit and time trial action and continues through Sunday at the VELO Sports Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
“It feels good to win the world championship in my home state, not just my country. I am from California so I’m very excited to be wearing this medal, and I PR-ed here. It’s a very exciting race. It’s fun to come into something with a little less stress and to have fun with it. Because when you have fun with it, you can set more PRs than you realize.”
“It feels great. It’s my daughter’s birthday - she’s 12 today - and her middle name is Joe after me. It’s a real honor to win at home, and I’m looking forward to the bid for LA 2024.”
“It’s surreal. It’s an amazing experience, it really is. I was in the military, career cut short because of an eye disease, so to have an opportunity to still represent our country like this is amazing. Rule number one for me is that there can be no victory if you quit.
“My pilot Stephen (Pedone) is awesome. He’s bringing back some of the fun. I have the tendency to be too serious and he’s definitely helping me bring back some of the fun and outwardly express that.”
“I’ve been trying to win a world medal since 2013. It really is the most excited, most rewarding medal, most rewarding race I’ve ever participated in, and being in your own country and having family and friends here.
“I put my career on hold, put my family on hold, was living at the training center in Colorado. I made a lot of big changes to make this happen.
“It was by far the most amazing experience I’ve had sports-related and cycling-related. It was incredible.”
Team USA: 4
Jamie Whitmore: 1 gold (C3 500m Time Trial)
Joe Berenyi: 1 gold (C3 1km Time Trial)
Todd Key: 1 bronze (C1 1km Time Trial)
Chester Triplett, Stephen Pedone: 1 bronze (B 4km Individual Pursuit)
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