Cycling Mountain: China and Japan Win Gold at Asian Championships

China and Japan both won gold in cross-country at the 2015 Asian Mountain Biking Championships. The top 2 men and top women were given quotas to compete at the Olympics. The Asian Mountain Biking Championships were held in Malacca City, Malaysia from August 12th to August 16th 2015.

China dominated the women’s race as Ren Chengyuan built up an insurmountable lead over the rest of the field winning gold and the Olympic quota by over six minutes with a time of 1:27:43. Her compatriots Yang Ling and Ren Wenjing completed the sweep by winning the silver and bronze medal respectively.

While the men’s race was a bit more competitive eventually Kohei Yamamoto of Japan was able to extend his lead over the entire field to win gold with a time of 1:28:37. The second Olympic quota went to China’s Wang Zhen who won the silver medal. The bronze medal went to Chun Hing Chan of Hong Kong.

The Olympic quotas are not set in stone because the world rankings will have priority over the continental championships. So if any nation qualifies through the rankings the next highest ranked nation at the continental championship will take the continental spot. Looking at the current Olympic rankings Japan’s men have a good chance at qualifying through that while it is unlikely China qualify via that method. For reallocation purposes the next best ranked nations in the men’s event were Hong Kong and Kazakhstan while for the women’s it is Japan and Thailand.

Quotas by Nation

  • China – 2
  • Japan – 1

References

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