Berenyi Reigns In Pursuit At Para-cycling Track World Championships

By Brianna Tammaro | March 17, 2016, 12:22 p.m. (ET)
Joe Berenyi, shown competing in 2015, captured the first world title for Team USA at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy on March 17, 2016.

MONTICHIARI, Italy — Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois) kept his world crown after lighting up the track in the men’s C3 3-kilometer individual pursuit on the first day of the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy.

Berenyi retained his rainbow stripes after facing off against Australia’s David Nichols, who settled for silver. The Paralympic champion, who won three world titles at last year’s event, sealed the first gold of the championships for Team USA.

Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, California) battled for bronze with Australia’s Simone Kennedy in the women’s C3 race, but came short of the podium to take the fourth spot. Whitmore, who took silver in this event at last year’s championships, will aim to defend her world title in Friday’s 500-meter time trial.

In his track world championship debut, William “Billy” Lister (Huntington Beach, California) emerged for Team USA in the men’s C1 class, advancing to the bronze medal race against Arnoud Nijhuis of Netherlands. Lister narrowly missed his first podium after being outlasted by Nijhuis.

Other notable performances for Team USA include fifth place finishes by Jennifer Schuble (Birmingham, Alabama) in the women’s C5 500m time trial, Megan Fisher (Missoula, Montana) in the women’s C4 race and Christopher Murphy (Alta Loma, California) in the men’s C5 1km time trial.

Competition resumes tomorrow with individual pursuit, time trial and scratch races and runs through Sunday, March 20. For complete results and more information, visit the UCI website