Four U.S. athletes were in action on the final day of the road cycling competition Friday at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, as Clara Brown, Jamie Whitmore, Cody Jung and Chris Murphy all took to their bikes Fuji International Speedway for the final time.
Brown, who had previously finished fourth in the track individual pursuit and fifth in the road time trial, completed her Paralympic debut with a sixth-place performance in the women’s C1-3 road race, crossing the line in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 38 seconds. She was followed by two-time Paralympian Jamie Whitmore, who was seventh with the same time on the hilly and technical course. Whitmore will leave Tokyo without a medal after having won a gold and silver in Rio five years ago.
In the men’s C4-5 competition, Cody Jung, who was fourth in the time trial, was 16th in 2:39:26, while Chris Murphy, who was working to support Jung, did not finish. Prior to the race Jung told TeamUSA.org he was ready to take in the experience regardless on how he and Murphy finished.
“Either way, Chris and I will have a story we can share for years,” said Jung, a first-time Paralympian. “When I see Chris, years later, I can say, ‘Do you remember that crazy race? When you did this? You countered my attack. Or we both got dropped off the back and we did a joy ride at the Paralympics.’ We are going to have a story for sure. I’m stoked.”
Team USA finished the road cycling competition with seven medals, including three golds, five years after taking home three golds and 13 medals in Rio. Two of those golds came from Oksana Masters, who has now won 10 career Paralympic medals and is only the fourth U.S. woman to have won gold at both the summer and winter Paralympics. She won both the time trial H4-5 and road race H5.
“I wanted to prove I’m growing as a cyclist and I’m making the changes to the wrongs I did back in Rio. I’m a true cyclist now,” said Masters, whose other Paralympic medals come in Nordic ski-ing and rowing. “I can’t wait to go on from this moment and see where it takes me.”
The other U.S. gold came from Shawn Morelli in the women’s C4 time trial, her fourth career Paralympic podium performance.
“I want to spend more time with my parents so I’ve been flirting with the idea of retiring after this or just doing a lot less, so we’ll see,” Morelli, 45, commented about her future plans.
Also in Tokyo, Paralympic rookie Aaron Keith won silver in the men’s C1 time trial 50 years after being gifted a bike for his birthday, three-time Paralympian Alicia Dana won bronze in the women’s H1-4 road race, two-time Paralympian Jill Walsh won bronze in the women’s T1-2 road race, and the U.S. won bronze in the mixed H1-5 team relay with the trio of Freddie de los Santos, Ryan Pinney and Dana.