Sprint Team Closes Out Track Cycling at Tokyo 2020, Road Races Set to Begin August 31
by Cady Lowery
Chris Murphy, Joe Berenyi and Aaron Keith race the team sprint at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. (Photo: Casey B. Gibson/USOPC)
TOKYO - The final day of track cycling featured one race from Team USA at the Izu Velodrome. Two of the three riders on the U.S.’s lone sprint team entered the race as the 2020 world championship bronze medalists in the event.
Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Illinois) and Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga, California) looked to use their experience in the sprint to earn Team USA a medal but finished in the middle of the pack. Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Washington), who typically does not race this event, was the third rider in the trio. The Americans finished in sixth place, earning a time of 52.051, and finishing four seconds behind China who took home the gold with a world record time of 48.051.
Overall on the track, Team USA compiled a silver medal in addition to seven top-10 finishes over four days of racing.
Shawn Morelli - Silver, individual pursuit WC4
Clara Brown - 4th, individual pursuit WC1-3
Aaron Keith - 5th, individual pursuit MC1
Chris Murphy - 5th, time trial MC4-5
Joe Berenyi, Aaron Keith, Chris Murphy - 6th, team sprint mixed MC1-5
Joe Berenyi - 7th, individual pursuit MC3
Jamie Whitmore - 8th, individual pursuit WC1-3
Chris Murphy - 9th, individual pursuit MC5
Joe Berenyi - 11th, time trial MC1-3
Aaron Keith - 12th, time trial MC1-3
Road cycling starts Tuesday, August 31 from Fuji International Speedway.
Coming into today, with the lineup that we had, we knew that we had an outside shot, and we didn’t necessarily put all our energy into this event, but I’m not disappointed.
I’m excited about road cycling because my job is to help Cody [Jung] as much as I can for as long as I can. Since it’s a mass start race, I’m there to do whatever he needs me to do. Whether it’s trying to chase down people early on or just being there around him to help his pace, I’m there to help him.
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