South Korea won in a sprint finish in the women’s road race event at the 2016 Asian Cycling Championship. The highest ranked eligible nation qualifies to the Olympics. The Asian Cycling Championship was held in Oshima, Japan from January 20th to January 24th 2016.
The race began with 40 riders on the start line. As the race progressed only four people remained in the lead group; Pu Yixian of China, Japan’s Mayuko Hagiwara and Eri Yonamine and South Korea’s Na Ah Reum. The race would come down to a sprint finish as Na crossed the finish line to win gold and the Olympic berth. Pu finished in second while Hagiwara won the bronze.
As a reminder the world rankings which will be published at the end of May will have priority so should South Korea qualify through that then the next highest ranked nation will qualify. Looking at the current rankings it is doubtful that South Korea will gain enough points, but if they do the spot will then be reallocated to China.
Quotas by Nations
- South Korea – 1
- UCI. 2016 Asian Cycling Championships – Women Road Race Results. Access on January 23 2016.