Team USA wins three medals on third day of track cycling worlds

By Brianna Tammaro | March 28, 2015, 6 p.m. (ET)
Megan Fisher (far left) and Shawn Morelli (far right) celebrate their silver and bronze medal finishes in the women's C4 3-kilometer individual pursuit race on the podium at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, Mar. 28, 2015.

APELDOORN, Netherlands — Three U.S. athletes finished on the podium today at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, increasing the total medal count to nine on the third day of competition.  Megan Fisher (Missoula, Montana) won silver while Greta Neimanas (Chicago, Illinois) and Shawn Morelli (Leavenworth, Kansas) took bronze in the women’s individual pursuit. 

“I could not be happier with my silver medal, however I still have my eyes on the top step,” Fisher said. “I’m grateful for all of the support from the whole team and feel very fortunate to race with and against such high caliber athletes.”

Two-time Paralympic medalist Fisher earned a spot in the women’s C4 3-kilometer individual pursuit final to finish with a silver medal behind defending champion and world record holder Susan Powell of Australia. Fisher’s teammate, Morelli, battled to a bronze medal over New Zealand’s Katherine Horan. Morelli made her track cycling debut at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships where she earned two national titles, including the individual pursuit race.

The women’s C5 3km featured an American duel for the bronze medal between teammates [Greta] Neimanas and Jennifer Schuble (Birmingham, Alabama). Neimanas edged out Schuble to take the third place spot with Poland’s Anna Harkowska in second and Great Britain’s Sarah Storey defending her world title. Neimanas and Schuble are both two-time Paralympians, competing in the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Summer Games. 

Team USA has collected a total of nine medals going into the last day of competition Sunday at track worlds—three gold, two silver and four bronze. 

“Today was another good day for the team,” said Ian Lawless, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics cycling. “We had multiple athletes step up and race today, as seen by the podium finishes we achieved. We have one more day of competition to continue our success on the track and look forward to the sprints, team sprints and scratch races to close out these world championships.”

Sunday’s events continue with the men’s and women’s C1-5 team sprints, tandem sprints and scratch races. The final day of competition can be livestreamed on the UCI official YouTube page. Full results from today’s pursuit races can be found at Paracycling2015.com.