Clark Rachfal (left) and cycling partner Dave Swanson
on the podium accepting their gold medals for a first place finish.
Admitted Student to CUA Law Wins World Championship
Gold Medal in Paralympic Cycling
Clark Rachfal, a blind resident of Annapolis, MD who plans to matriculate at the Columbus School of Law in August 2010, took the gold medal in the men’s tandem 4 km Pursuit at the Manchester Cycling Center in England on Nov. 7, 2009.
Rachfal, a 26 year-old graduate of Towson University, won his first world championship victory with his tandem pilot, Dave Swanson of Tucson, AZ.
Rachfal deferred his fall 2009 acceptance at CUA law for a year to compete for the U.S. at both the 2009 UCI Road and Track World Championships.
Riding together since 2007, this year marked the first time the pair competed internationally.
“I knew we could do it,” Rachfal said. “I just didn’t expect it to happen this year. Now the pressure is on. Everyone is trying to knock us off the top step.”
Rachfal believes winning a World Championship is sweeter for U.S. Paralympic athletes, because they aren’t salaried. When he isn’t training, Rachfal finances his cycling by working in the public policy office of Verizon Communications.