Berenyi stays golden, earning his third consecutive win in Parapan American Cycling

By Nora Schober | Aug. 11, 2015, 8:13 p.m. (ET)


Joe Berenyi raced to his third gold medal in Toronto as he won the mens' C1-3 time trial

Toronto – The stars and stripes were raised three more times tonight at the Cisco Milton Velodrome at the 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games. Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois) led the pack for Team USA, adding yet another gold medal to his mounting collection, his third of the games. Samantha Heinrich (Upland, California) and Shawn Morelli (Leavenworth, Kansas) captured silver and gold, respectively, in the women’s individual pursuit C1-5.

Berenyi battled the hometown favorite, Mike Sametz of Canada, in the final to earn the win in the men’s individual pursuit C1-3. Catching Sametz at the 1,875-meter mark, Berenyi credited his performance to simple execution.

“I started to run out of the gate and as soon as I saw him, I rode harder,” said Berenyi. “This is my favorite type of race—this was the race I was targeting,” he added.

On the women’s side, Heinrich and Mariela Delgado of Argentina repeated their showdown from Saturday’s road race, though this competition produced a reversed outcome. After trailing Delgado for the first 2,000 meters, Heinrich mounted a heroic finish in the last third of the race, coming up six tenths of a second shy from gold with a time of 4:03.723.

“I had a few laps that were maybe a touch too slow for what I wanted to hold. I tried to pick it back up and did what I could, I just needed an extra lap or two,” said Heinrich.

Morelli edged out teammate Jennifer Schuble (Birmingham, Alabama) by 5.33 seconds to take the bronze, crossing the finish at 4:07.199 and 4:12.530, respectively.

“It is bitter sweet when you have to compete head-to-head against a teammate, because you want both of you to be up there on the podium,” said Morelli of winning her bronze medal.

On the cycling team’s medal-studded performance at the velodrome this week, Heinrich added, “The competition has been great. It hasn’t been easy for any of us. We have amazing talent from other counties here and we have had to work hard for the medals. We are pretty happy that we were able to win as much as we did.”

Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga, California) added another notable performance, just missing the podium in fourth place in men’s individual pursuit C4-5.

Team USA’s road cycling competition resumes Thursday, Aug. 13, with the time trial. For complete results and more information, visit TeamUSA.org/ParapanAm