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May 27/16 13:32 pm - Canada Qualifies 2 Olympic Mountain Bike Spots Each for Men & Women


Posted by Editoress on 05/27/16
 

Cycling Canada is pleased to announced that Canadian athletes have qualified two starting positions for both women and men in Mountain Biking at the Rio Olympic Games.  Specific athlete selections will be announced at a later date.

Olympic quotas for the 30 female and 50 male starting positions are based on nation rankings under the points system of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body for cycling.  The qualifying period ended on May 22nd, after the World Cup event in Albstadt, Germany.

Canada ranked third among all nations in the women's standings at the end of the qualifying period, behind Switzerland and Germany, and will receive the maximum two starting positions.

In the men's nation rankings, Canada finishing the qualifying period in tenth place, allowing Canada to enter two riders.  The top five countries, led by Switzerland, received three starting spots.

"We are pleased to have secured two spots on both the women's and men's side for these upcoming Olympic Games!," stated Jacques Landry, High Performance Director for Cycling Canada. "Our combined women's and men's Olympic ranking is an indication that Canada continues to be an international force in Mountain Biking."

"With a little more than 14 weeks to the Mountain Bike events in Rio, the focus now will be to ensure that our targeted athletes continue to fine tune their technical and tactical skills, and hone in on final physiological adjustments through training and competitions in order to ensure that no stone remains unturned come August."

The Olympic mountain bike competitions will take place on Saturday, August 21st, for women and Sunday, August 22nd, for men, at the Deodoro Olympic Park.

 

All Qualifying Places, Mountain Bike

Women Ranks Country                                             
Athletes   
1 Switzerland 2
2 Germany 2
3 Canada 2
4 France 2
5 United States Of America 2
6 Slovenia 2
7 Poland 2
8 Ukraine 2
9 Russian Federation 1
10 Norway 1
11 Denmark 1
12 Belgium 1
13 Brazil 1
14 Italy 1
15 Australia 1
16 Sweden 1
17 Serbia 1
Subtotal   25
 
Other
  South Africa 1
  Mexico 1
  People's Republic Of China 1
  New Zealand 1
  Czech Republic 1
Subtotal   4
 
Total Women
  40
 
Men ranks Country

Athletes

1 Switzerland 3
2 France 3
3 Spain 3
4 Czech Republic 3
5 Italy 3
6 Germany 2
7 Netherlands 2
8 Australia 2
9 Belgium 2
10 Canada 2
11 Portugal 2
12 South Africa 2
13 Brazil 2
14 Austria 1
15 Slovakia 1
16 United States of America 1
17 Argentina 1
18 New Zealand 1
19 Denmark 1
20 Sweden 1
21 Greece 1
22 Israel 1
23 Japan 1
Subtotal   41
 
Other
  Mauritius 1
  Rwanda 1
  Colombia 1
  Costa Rica 1
  People's Republic Of China 1
  Hong Kong, China 1
Subtotal   6
 
  Guam 1
  Hungary 1
  Russia 1
Total Men   50

 

 

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