Clara Brown competes at the 2019 Parapan American Games on Aug. 27, 2019 in Lima, Peru.
LIMA, PERU - Samantha Bosco (Upland, California) and Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine) emerged victorious in the women’s individual pursuits on the second and final day of track cycling competition at the Parapan American Games in Lima.
Top highlights from the velodrome
Bosco Undefeated - Bosco won her second medal in as many days as she claimed the 3,000-meter individual pursuit C4-5 crown. Bosco caught her competitor, Mariela Delgado, from Argentina and continued on as she chased the clock to finish in 3:57.832.
Multiple Medals - Brown won her first Parapan title and set a Parapan record as she claimed the top spot in the women’s individual pursuit C1-3. She additionally finished with a bronze in Monday’s time trial. Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois) also grabbed his second medal in Lima with a silver in the men’s individual pursuit C1-3.
Depth of Team USA - Several U.S. athletes had finishes just off the podium. Jason Macom (Little Rock, Arkansas) advanced to the bronze-medal race in the men’s individual pursuit C4-5, but was overtaken by his competitor. In the women’s tandem 1-kilometer time trial, Wendy Werthaiser (Ashland, Oregon) and pilot Jennifer Sharp (Boulder, Colorado) finished fourth.
Team USA Results
4 medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Gold (2): Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine) women’s 3,000m pursuit C1-3 (4:11.670); Samantha Bosco (Upland, Calif.) women’s 3,000m pursuit C4-5 (3:57.832)
Silver (1): Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Ill.) men’s 3,000m pursuit C1-3 (3:40.021)
Bronze (1): Jason Kimball (Kila, Mont.) men’s 3,000m pursuit C1-2 (OVL)
“Honestly I was just trying to stay in control today because I wanted to go for time and work on my pacing, while also trying to win. It was pretty surreal knowing that I had another gold medal. I’m hoping I can carry this success into the road races and medal again, hopefully with gold.”
“It felt amazing to get my first major gold medal, as I had anticipated. I was mostly focused on the time today, just to get some personal bests. I set one this morning, and then cut another four and a half seconds off, so that was huge for me today. It was a great day. This is my first Parapans, I didn’t come in with any expectations, so to set a Parapan record is really exciting.”
What To Watch
With the conclusion of competition at the velodrome, cyclists have a few days off before road cycling competition starts on Friday, Aug. 30.
Coverage of the 2019 U.S. Parapan American Team can be found at TeamUSA.org/Parapan2019. Visit TeamUSA.org/USADaily to sign up to receive the USA Daily, a digital news blast that provides Team USA results and highlights each night via email during the Games. Livestream of the Parapan American Games Lima 2019 is also available on TeamUSA.org/Live.