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Clara Brown Closes Breakout Parapan American Games With Third Cycling Gold In Lima

By U.S. Paralympics | Sept. 01, 2019, 4 p.m. (ET)

Clara Brown competes at the Parapan American Games in Lima.Clara Brown reacts as she competes at the 2019 Parapan American Games on Sept. 1, 2019 in Lima, Peru.


LIMA, Peru – Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine) put the finishing touches on an impressive debut at the Parapan American Games, winning gold on Sunday to lead Team USA to five medals on the final day of cycling competition in Lima, Peru.

Top Highlights From Road Cycling
Golden Girl –
Brown was nearly unstoppable ather first Parapan American Games. The 23-year-old competed in four events between the road and track, winning three gold medals and one bronze in Lima. On the track, she captured gold in the women’s individual pursuit and bronze in the 500-meter time trial while adding gold in the road time trial and road race for the women’s C3 class. 

Podium Performances – Brown, Samantha Bosco (Upland, California), Matthew Rodriguez (San Diego, California) and Brandon Lyons (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) finished on the podium in each of their individual races in Lima. Brown and Bosco both finished with four medals while Rodriguez and Lyons captured two medals in their Parapan American Games debuts.

Back on the podium – Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Illinois) found his stride in the men’s road race C1-3, sprinting to bronze to win this third medal of the Games. This is his first medal on the road after winning gold in the men’s kilo time trial and silver in the men’s individual pursuit.

Team USA Results
5 medals (1 gold, 2 silvers, 2 bronzes)

Gold (1): Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine) – women’s road race C1-3

Silver (2): Brandon Lyons (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) – men’s road race H3-5; Matthew Rodriguez (San Diego, Calif.) – mixed road race T1-2

Bronze (2): Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Ill.) – men’s road race C1-3; Samantha Bosco (Upland, Calif.) – women’s road race C4-5

Full results can be found at TeamUSA.org/Parapan2019 and Lima 2019’s website

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Team USA Cycling Recap
Team USA finished with 18 medals (7 golds, 6 silvers, 5 bronzes) total to close out track and road cycling competition at the Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. On the track, U.S. athletes captured eight medals in addition to the 10 medals won in road cycling. Bosco and Brown led the way for Team USA with four medals each - two on the track and two on the road. 

Clara Brown
“I had no expectations coming in, but I certainly didn’t expect this. The first night I won bronze, I was nearly in tears. It was my first major international medal with Team USA so to get three golds after that has been really awesome. I’ve definitely worked hard this summer and have had a few little obstacles throughout training - everyone seems to - but I felt really strong coming into these Games and am stoked at the outcome.”

Brandon Lyons
“It gives me a lot of confidence being here. Every race I’ve been to, I’ve learned something so it’s been a learning experience for me still being somewhat new so that’s really beneficial leading into world championships. Just seeing where my fitness is and the fact that this course wasn’t really suited for me. The world championships course in September is flat so I’m definitely going in with a lot of momentum and confidence.”

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