Team USA closes UCI Para cycling Track World Championships with eight medals

By U.S. Paralympics | March 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (ET)

Joe Berenyi won his fourth-consecutive world title in the men’s C3 1-kilometer time trial in Rio de Janeiro.

RIO DE JANEIRO – Team USA returned to the site of the 2016 Paralympic Games and came away with eight podium finishes, two of them gold, at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships.

Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois) and Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pennsylvania) led the way as they each won a world title. Berenyi won his fourth-consecutive world title in the men’s C3 1-kilometer time trial and also took bronze in the individual pursuit. Morelli won her fourth consecutive international title as she grabbed the top spot in the women’s C4 3km pursuit.

Jamie Whitmore (Somerset, California) grabbed a trio of bronze medals as she finished on the podium in the women’s C3 individual pursuit, time trial and scratch race.

Newcomer Jacob Waters (Ragley, Lousiana) had his first international podium as he took bronze in the men’s C4 time trial, and Samantha Bosco (Upland, California) took home bronze in the women’s C4 individual pursuit.

Team USA finished fifth in the overall medal count and sixth in the gold-medal standings.

The U.S. Paralympics Cycling Team will return to action on the roads at the first world cup of the season in Ostend, Belgium, May 3-6.

For more information on Team USA at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, view the daily medal tracker at USParalympics.org. Follow U.S. Paralympics Cycling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.