Last race: Oswego Paralympian sixth
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org September 6, 2012 5:20PM
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Gold medallist Joseph Berenyi of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Individual Cycling C3 Pursuit final on day 2 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Velodrome on August 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Updated: September 6, 2012 8:20PM
AURORA — Oswego paracyclist Joe Berenyi finished his last race at the Paralympics in London Thursday — the Men’s Individual Road Race — placing sixth out of 40 racers.
But Berenyi won’t be coming home empty handed. He’ll be bringing back gold, silver and bronze medals from races earlier in the games.
“He had a great race, (especially) since he trains mainly for the individual pursuit and time trial,” Berenyi’s mother, Dolores Berenyi, said from London Thursday.
Berenyi will be land back in Chicago Monday afternoon and the rest of his family will follow Monday night. He is slated to be interviewed by a French news channel early Friday.
Berenyi, 43, took silver in the men’s individual time trial Wednesday at the outdoor Paralympic road track, Brands Hatch. He took a gold medal Friday in the 3-kilometer individual pursuit, and on Sunday earned a bronze in the track cycling mixed sprint competition as part of a three-member U.S. team.
On Friday, Berenyi set a world record in a qualifying heat for the 3-kilometer race.
Berenyi lost his right arm in a construction accident 18 years ago. He competes on a modified two-wheel racing bike.
Swimmer Alyssa Gialamas, a Waubonsie Valley High School junior, also is competing in the London games. The Naperville resident will race on Saturday in the 100-meter freestyle event.
The Paralympic Games run through Sunday. A live stream and schedule of events is at the Paralympic website: www.paralympic.org.