Three nations qualified to the Olympics after their performance at the 2015 African Canoe Slalom Championships. The highest ranked eligible nation from the Men’s K1 and C1 and Women’s K1 slalom events was given a spot to compete. The African Canoe Slalom Championships was held in Nairobi, Kenya from November 6th to November 8th 2015.
Senegal’s Jean Pierre Bourhis was the clear favourite in the men’s C1 as he finished over 5 seconds ahead of Lindelani Ngidi of South Africa during the heats. Bourhis would continue his performance in the final by finishing 6.46 seconds ahead of Ngidi. Alphaxard Mania of Kenya won the bronze medal.
The women’s K1 was led by Morocco’s Hind Jamili whom edged out Grace Maina of Kenya during the heats. Jamili would improve her performance by finishing 3.27 seconds ahead of her compatriot Celia Jodar. Mania would end up finishing with the bronze.
The men’s K1 was a bit more competitive as South Africa’s Katleho Mahlaba finished ahead of Nigeria’s Johnathan Akinyemi during the heats. Akinyemi was able to make the necessary adjustments to win the Olympic quota for his nation for the second Olympics in a row. The silver medal went to Mehdi Rouich of Morocco while Mahlaba ended up with the bronze.
This was the final opportunity for African nations to qualify in canoe slalom. The remaining spots will go to other continents that still have their continental qualifiers to go.
Quotas by Nation
- Morocco – 1
- Nigeria – 1
- Senegal – 1
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- ICF. Three more nations enter the Rio race. Access on November 10 2015.