Joe Berenyi sets world record, comes back for gold

By Emily Lewis | Aug. 31, 2012, 4:41 p.m. (ET)

LONDON- Team USA’s Joe Berenyi set a new world record on his way to winning the gold medal in the men’s individual C3 Pursuit at the Velodrome on Friday.

After a hiccup at the starting line due to a mechanical issue, Berenyi (Aurora, Ill.)  was issued a restart and proved his mental toughness by finish atop the podium with a time of 3:36.148. He set the world record earlier in the day during his qualification round.

“This is the event I trained for,” he said reflecting on his podium finish.

Despite accomplishing his goal, Berenyi admitted it did not come without sacrifice. A family man, Berenyi remarked that his wife and three girls comprise his support system. 

“I miss them a lot,” he said after his event, “Even when I am there I’m usually training, so my wife says even when you’re not here you’re here.”

Clearly, the support paid off and Berenyi will be taking his new gold home to show his little girls as proof.