Berenyi Wins Back-To-Back World Titles In Montichiari

By Brianna Tammaro | March 18, 2016, 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Joe Berenyi stands atop the podium after winning a world title in the men's C1-3 15-kilometer scratch race on Friday, March 18 at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy.

MONTICHIARI, Italy— Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois) showed no signs of slowing down on Friday evening as he defended his second world title in the men’s C3 1-kilometer time trial at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy.

Berenyi reappeared in the rainbow stripes after edging Russia’s Alexsey Obydennov, the world record holder in the event, by less than a second. Coming off of a world title in Thursday’s individual pursuit, three-time Paralympic medalist Berenyi crossed the finish line in 1:09.534 to repeat as world champion and highlight the day for Team USA.

Just two hours later, he was back for more in the men’s C1-3 15km scratch qualifying race to position himself as the leading man heading into Sunday’s race.

“It’s awesome,” Berenyi said. “All the hard training has paid off and I feel like I'm in a good place leading up to Rio.”

Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, California) started the day off strong for Team USA when she clocked a time of 43.784 in the women’s C3 500-meter time trial to win bronze and earn her first trip to the podium for the week.

“Heading into a Paralympic year means having patience,” Whitmore said. “I wanted to come into world championships in good form but not my best. I am still learning every time I hit the track. I had a great race and am happy with my finish.”

Whitmore nearly took home another bronze in the women’s C4-5 scratch race, narrowly missing the podium in fourth. Eight-time Paralympic medalist Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colorado) also finished fourth for the U.S. in the women’s C2 500m time trial.

With another gold on Friday, Berenyi has led Team USA to three medals (two gold, one bronze) so far in Montichiari.

Competition resumes tomorrow with individual pursuit, time trial and scratch races and runs through Sunday, March 20. Complete results and information are available on the UCI website.