U.S. wins 11 medals at UCI Paralympic Cycling World Championships

Last month, 14 American athletes competed in the UCI Paralympic Cycling Road World Championship in Bogono, Italy bringing home 11 medals.

Representing the United States in the women’s division was the same team that won five medals while competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. The men’s side featured four Beijing Paralympians in addition to four athletes who made their debut at the road world championships.

On opening day, Oz Sanchez (San Diego, Calif.) captured a gold medal in the men’s HCC time trial and Anthony Zahn (Riverside, Calif.) won bronze in the men’s LC4 time trial. The remaining two Americans each placed in the top-ten. Alejandro Albor (Elk Grove, Calif.) took fifth place in the HCC time trial while David Randall (Mansfield, Ohio) earned an eighth place finish in the HCB time trial.

The U.S. women’s team brought home five medals on day two taking first and second in the CP3/LC3 time trail. Barbara Buchan (Bend, Ore.) earned gold while teammate Allison Jones took home the silver.  Karissa Whitsell (Eugence, Ore.) also won gold along with her pilot Mackenzie Woodring (Grand Rapids, Mich.) in the women’s blind/visually impaired time trial. Jennifer Schuble (Homewood, Ala.) and Greta Neimanas (Chicago, Ill.) each added a silver medal in their respective events, the CP4/LC2 time trial and the LC1 time trial.

While the men didn't make the podium on the second day, all three athletes competing on the men's side had strong showings in their respective time trial events. Mike Farrell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished eighth and Craig Vogtsberger (Kalamazoo, Mich.) took ninth in the CP4 category, while Clark Rachfal (Annapolis, Md.) and pilot Dave Swanson (Tucson, Ariz.) finished fifth in the blind/visually impaired category.

Team USA didn’t place any male athletes in the top-three on Saturday in the hand cycling division, but did have four top-ten finishes. Oz Sanchez (San Diego, Calif.) finished fifth and Alejandro Albor (Elk Grove, Calif.) finished sixth; in the men's HCB division, David Randall (Mansfield, Ohio) finished eighth; and in the men's LC4 category, Anthony Zahn (Riverside, Calif.) took sixth.

On the final day of competition the women were victorious earning four medals. Jennifer Schuble’s (Homewood Ala.) second medal of the competition was gold in the women’s CP4/LC2 road race.

The dominant team of Karissa Whitsell (Eugene, Ore.) and pilot Mackenzie Woodring (Grand Rapids, Mich.) left their mark earning their second gold medal of the championship in the B/VI road race.

Allison Jones
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Greta Neimanas (Chicago, Ill.) each claimed a second medal. Jones finished in second place for her second silver medal in the women’s CP3/LC4 road race, and Neimanas earned the silver in the LC1 division.

In the men’s division, Mike Farrell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took seventh in the men’s CP4 road race. Teammates Clark Rachfal (Annapolis, Md) and pilot Dave Swanson (Tucson, Ariz.) crashed and did not finish the men’s blind/visually impaired race. Thankfully there were no serious injuries to either competitor.

USA finished third in the nations medal count with 11, behind Germany (14) and Spain (13). The event featured over 320 athletes from 40 countries in time trial and road race events. Thirty-eight world championship titles were awarded.

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