The South African men completed a sweep in the road race during the 2015 African Continent Championships held from February 9th to February 14th 2015. The race was won by Louis Meintjes with a time of 3:59:27. Jay Thompson and Jacques Janse van Rensburg came in second and third respectively. In terms of Olympic qualification the top two nations receive 1 quota place to the men’s road race so along with South Africa receiving a place Ethiopia will also get a quota due to Tsgabu Grmay finishing in fifth.
However qualification in road cycling is a bit more complicated than that. Rankings from the World and African Tours will have priority over the continental championships so if South Africa and/or Ethiopia qualify through the rankings the next best nation will take the continental spot. Looking at the 2014 rankings in the World Tour South Africa was on the outside for Olympic qualification. Should South Africa fail to qualify through the World Tour they will probably qualify through the African Tour as either a nation or by having an athlete in the top 10. For potential reallocation purposes the next best ranked nations at the African Continent Championships were; Eritrea, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Namibia.
Quotas by Nations
- Ethiopia – 1
- South Africa – 1
- UCI. Men Elite African Championship Road Race Results. Access on March 7 2015.