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Oswego Paralympian Wins Gold In London

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)

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)

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(CBS) –A U.S. Paralympian from the Chicago region is bringing home the gold from London.

Joseph Berenyi, an Aurora native now living in Oswego, this week earned a gold medal in the 3-km, individual pursuit cycling race. He finished less than 1 second ahead of the silver medalist.

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Earlier in the day, he set a new world record in the qualifying round.

Berenyi, 43, lost his right arm and left kneecap in a construction accident 18 years ago.

“It’s a dream come true, a big dream just to make the team,” he said.