Cyclist Scott Martin Celebrates Birthday With Close Race For Fourth

By Nick Kiger | Sept. 10, 2016, 5:04 p.m. (ET)

Scott Martin competes at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

RIO DE JANERIO – The U.S. Paralympic Cycling team had a packed day of racing at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on the third day of competition in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Nine Americans were on the track today, led by retired U.S. Marine and first-time Paralympian Scott Martin (Oceanside, California). Martin, who celebrated his 35th birthday today, advanced to the bronze-medal final of the C4 4000-meter individual pursuit.

Martin’s race was very close the entire way as he came out very strong and held onto a slim lead all the way up until the 3375-meter mark. It was at that point however, that Colombia’s Diego German Duenas Gomez moved ahead and claimed the lead for good. Martin finished in 4:47.549 while Duenas Gomez recorded a time of 4:45.310.

“I tried going a little bit quicker than I did in my last race to try to hold on as long as possible, but unfortunately I faded more than he (Duenas Gomez) did. I think I was up with two or three laps to go before my legs just shut down,” Martin said. “I really gave it everything I had, it just wasn’t quite enough today.”

Despite the disappointment of just missing out on a bronze medal, making it to a final on his birthday is an experience Martin will not soon forget.

“This was a great little birthday gift to get into the finals and it’s awesome to have my birthday here at the Paralympic Games in Rio. It hurts to miss out on a medal, but that’s the name of the game and I’m just going to look forward now.”

In the C1-2-3 1000m time trial final, Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois), finished with a time of 1:10.512, good for fifth overall and fastest among all C3 riders in the event. Billy Lister (Cold Spring Harbor, New York) finished in 1:18.397 in the same event.

On the women’s side, three Americans took part in the C4-5 500m time trial final. Jennifer Schuble (Homewood, Alabama) was the fastest among the Americans, finishing in 38.754, which was seventh in the field. Megan Fisher (Missoula, Montana) was not far behind finishing ninth at 39.541, which was a personal best for her in this event. Samantha Bosco (Spring Hill, Florida) finished with a time of 40.090 placing her 10th.   

During the morning session, Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, California) competed in the C1-2-3 500m time trial final and finished in sixth and eighth, respectively. Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga, California), finished seventh in the C5 4000m individual pursuit qualifying after recording a time of 4:49.343.

The U.S. will wrap up the track competition on Sunday with just one event, the mixed C1-5 750m team sprint. Berenyi, Murphy and Schuble are expected to compete in the event. The Americans will then have two days off before beginning the road competition on Wednesday.

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