Back At It: Clara Brown And Chris Murphy Dominate The Track For The Second Day At World Championships

By Cady Lowery | Jan. 31, 2020, 9:41 p.m. (ET)

Chris Murphy races around the track on his bike in his Team USA uniform.Chris Murphy set the world record in the men's C5 flying 200 at the 2020 UCI Para-cycling World Championships in Milton, Ontario. 

MILTON, Ontario – Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine) celebrated her first gold medal at world championships as she won the women’s C3 500-meter time trial, while Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga, California) flew to the world record in the men’s C5 200 time trial at the 2020 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships held at Mattamy National Cycling Center in Milton, Ontario.

Chasing Rainbows - Brown claimed a gold medal - her first in either a track or road world championship  - after a dominating performance in the women’s C3 500 time trial. She secured the first rainbow jersey of her career and will race for her second set of stripes in the women’s C3 scratch race on Saturday. 

Record Breaker - Murphy had his sights set on breaking the world record in the flying 200, and he didn’t disappoint. After he broke the world record in the men’s C5 flying 200 (10.579), he raced into first place in the men’s C5 omnium standings. 

Omnium Standings - After two days of competition, Brown leads the women’s C3 omnium standings with 116 points after taking first in the time trial and second in both the individual pursuit and 200, while teammate Jamie Whitmore (Somerset, California) holds on to the fourth spot with 100 points. In the women’s C4 standings, Sam Bosco (Upland, California) sits in fourth place and Shawn Morelli (Meadville, Pennsylvania) remains in seventh after the completion of the time trial and 200 events. 

Murphy sits atop the men’s C5 standings with 80 points, while Justin Widhalm (Bridgeport, Nebraska) sits in second and Jason Macom (Little Rock, Arkansas) holds onto third in the men’s C4 division. Perennial medalist Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois) currently claims fourth place in the men’s C3 standings, while Noah Middlestaedt (St. Cloud, Minnesota) sits in ninth in the first track world championships of his career. Aaron Keith claims the third spot in the men’s C1 leaderboard, rounding out the Team USA competitors.

Competition continues Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET from Milton, Ontario, and concludes Sunday evening.


Team USA results from Jan. 31

1 medal (1 gold)


Gold: Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine), women’s C3 500m time trial (40.94) 


Full results can be found on the 2020 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships website.


QUOTES

Clara Brown

“I went into today really excited to put out a personal best time, and that was my main goal. I ended up winning gold. I know I have a strong field, and I didn’t want to set my sights on something unattainable. I just went in wanting to do my best, and it ended up being the best in the field. I’m thrilled about it. The pressure is on now in the scratch race, but in a good way. It’s never been my forte, but I’m excited. I’m going to hang on, get some good experience, and hopefully finish top three in the scratch.”

 

Noah Middlestaedt

“This being my first track worlds, it’s been a really cool experience. I think my biggest takeaway is that I now have more experience on the track since it’s secondary for me. It’ll benefit my main goals, and I look forward to a good road season. It’s been super cool being here with the team. I’m looking forward to the scratch race, and I think it’ll be my place to shine this weekend.”

 

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