By Karen Price | Dec. 01, 2018, 3:23 p.m. (ET)

Jennifer Valente celebrates at the 2017 UCI World Cycling Championships on April 13, 2017 in Hong Kong.

 

Olympic silver medalist Jennifer Valente won bronze in the women’s omnium and the first medal for Team USA at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup event in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday. 

Katie Archibald was unstoppable for Great Britain in the omnium, winning the first three races. Not even a crash could slow her, and she won with 132 points. Finishing in second place was Italy’s Letizia Paternoster with 118 points and just behind her was Valente with 116 points. 

Valente was in fourth after the scratch race but moved up to the third spot following the tempo race. She held her position after the elimination race and the fourth and final points race to claim the bronze medal. 

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Valente, 23, won the silver medal in team pursuit at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. That same year, the San Diego native was also part of the five-member team that won the nation’s first ever world championship title in team pursuit. They are now the three-time defending champions in team pursuit following the 2018 world championships. 

Last year Valente began focusing on the omnium, which features four mass-start races in one day, with the hopes of competing in the event at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

The three-day event concludes on Sunday.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.