Local athlete, Team USA win big at 2023 Parapan Games
Claremont resident Samantha Bosco and other athletes from the United States’ Paralympics cycling team brought home numerous medals from last month’s 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile.
The annual games are an international, multi-sport event for athletes with physical disabilities and are usually held a month after the Pan American Games.
Here’s a medal summary:
On Sunday, November 19, Bosco won gold in the women’s C1-C5 (biking for amputees, those with cerebral palsy and other conditions) individual road cycling time trial with a time of 15:08.01; Jamie Whitmore took silver at 15:29.13; and Elizabeth Neag was sixth at 16:21.86. Eric Pinney took first in the men’s H1-H5 (handcycling for riders with limb impairments) individual road cycling time trial at 31:19.05; Brandon Lyons came second at 31:38.33; and Alfredo de los Santos was sixth at 33:32.59. Katerina Brim was first in the women’s H1-H5 individual road cycling time trial at 15:14.83. Jenna Rollman took bronze at 18:32.73. Dennis Connors took silver in the mixed road T1-T2 (tricycling for athletes with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions) individual time trial at 56:55. Joseph Berenyi was ninth in the men’s C1-C5 individual road cycling time trial at 29:19.37.
On Thursday, November 23, Hannah Chadwick and her guide Skyler Espinoza placed first in the women’s blind 3,000-meter track cycling individual pursuit at 3:41.632. Bosco was fifth in the women’s C1-C5 500-meter track cycling individual time trial at 39.335 seconds. Times were not posted by Team USA for the following events: Katie Wen Walker was fourth in the women’s C1-C5 500-meter track cycling individual time trial while Whitmore was 10th. Michael Stephens and guide Joe Christiansen were fourth in the men’s blind 4000-meter track cycling individual pursuit.
On Friday, November 24, Bosco took first in the women’s C4-C5 3,000-meter track cycling individual pursuit with a time of 3:45.752, setting a new record in the event. Meanwhile Chadwick and guide Espinoza beat the previous Parapan American Games record in the women’s blind track cycling 1,000-meter individual time trial by over a second, finishing at 1:12.265. Stephens and guide Christiansen set a new Parapan American Games record in the men’s blind track cycling 1,000-meter individual time trial when they finished first at 1:02.974. Whitmore was the women’s C1-C3 3,000-meter track cycling individual pursuit silver medalist at 4:10.212.
On Sunday, November 26, in the men’s 64.8-kilometer H3-H5 road race, de los Santos and Ryan Pinney crossed the finish line together at 1:42:53 with apparently milliseconds separating them. De los Santos took gold and Pinney silver. Brandon Lyons completed the podium sweep for the event by snagging bronze with a time of 1:42:54, according to The Sentinel. Dennis Connors was first in the 32.4-kilometer mixed T1-T2 road race at 56:55. Kate Brim was second in the 54-kilometer women’s H2-5 road race at 1:38:48, while Jenna Rollman finished close behind in third. Whitmore took silver in the 43.2-kilometer women’s C1-C3 road race at 1:11:37. Bosco was third in the women’s 64.8-kilometer C4-C5 road race at 1:47:16, with Neag fourth at 1:47:17. Chadwick and guide Espinoza snagged fourth in the 75.6-kilometer women’s blind road race.
Bosco and the rest of Team USA are planning to attend the 2024 Paralympic Summer Games in Paris, France.