Local Paralympian Wins Gold in Individual 3km Pursuit

Oswego cyclist Joe Berenyi will compete in a total of five events at the 2012 Paralympics.

Oswego resident When he was selected in June to compete on the 2012 Paralympic Cycling Team, that dream was starting to come true.

Now, on August 31, two days into the Paralympics, Berenyi has won a gold medal.

Berenyi took the gold in the 3km individual pursuit with a time of 3:37.912.

Previously, Berenyi had won the individual pursuit at the national championships last fall in Los Angeles, and said it was one of the two events  he was most looking forward to.

A construction accident in 1994 took Berenyi’s right arm and left kneecap. His wife, Jill Berenyi, said he had been racing about a year when the accident occurred. She said he tried riding again soon after the accident, but it wasn’t until about three years ago that he was back racing again.

In 2011, Berenyi qualified for the national team. Of the approximately 40 national team members, only 16 will compete for Team USA in London.

The Paralympics end on Sunday, September 9, and Berenyi still has three more events to compete in: team sprint; road time trial; and the road race.

He placed tenth with a time of 1:11.649 in the 1km time trial.

Jen Coby Connon August 31, 2012 at 08:53 PM
You are an inspiration!!
Busy Mom September 01, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Congrats Joe and family!! All of us here in the Hills knew the you would seek and accomplish your dreams. Watching you ride your bike by day after day in all kinds of weather proved your determination. The girls school classrooms are cheering for you also. They are hoping to see the Gold.
Rob September 01, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Wow you should be very proud of your accomplishment. I know that when I first heard your story a few months ago I was touched and inspired. You are what we all should strive to be like. You have a beautiful supporting family and community behind you. Go for the sweep! Regardless of the outcome in London ur a gold metal winner in all our eyes. Thanks for the insperation and hope!! God Bless You!
TE September 01, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Dylan says congratulations from traughber junior high. He sits next to your daughter in tech class. He was pretty excited when I read the news outloud
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