Cycling Track: Olympic Track Rankings Published

With the final update of the Olympic Track World Rankings the quotas for track cycling has been decided. The top 9 nations in team sprint, the top 9 individuals not qualified in the team sprint in the individual sprint and keirin with a maximum of two per nation, the top 9 nations in the team pursuit and the top 18 nations in the omnium will qualify to the Olympics. The Olympic Track World Rankings were constructed based on various eligible events ranging from July 15th 2014 to March 6th 2016.

Each continent also has a maximum quota limit for each event. Should the limit be reached the next highest ranked nation from a different continent will qualify. The maximum limit quotas for each event are as follows.

Men Track Max QuotasWomen Track Max Quotas

Russia topped the rankings for the women’s team sprint. They will be joined by Australia, China, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, France, New Zealand and Canada. Great Britain finished within the top nine, but did not qualify due to Europe already reaching its maximum quota of five.

The rankings for the men’s team sprint were topped by Germany. They will be joined by the Netherlands, France, New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, Poland, Venezuela and South Korea at the Olympics. While Russia finished in the top nine Europe had already exceeded its maximum quota of five.

The women’s individual sprint Olympic rankings were topped by Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze. Hong Kong will be joined by the following nations, Lithuania, Cuba, Great Britain (2), Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Colombia and Egypt. Many athletes from America and Asia finished ahead of the final athlete from Egypt, but those continents reached the maximum quota. Also all nations which qualified in the team sprint can send a maximum of two athletes to this event.

The men’s individual sprint Olympic rankings were topped by Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer. However since Australia already qualified to the Olympics the nine individual spots went to Russia (2), Colombia, China, Czech Republic (2), Trinidad and Tobago, Japan and Spain. Many athletes from America and Asia finished ahead of the final athlete from the Czech Republic, but those continents reached the maximum quota. Also all nations which qualified in the team sprint can send a maximum of two athletes to this event.

The rankings for the women’s kerin were topped by Guo Shuang of China. China is already qualified through the team sprint so the nine spots went to Hong Kong, South Korea, Lithuania, Cuba, Ukraine, Colombia, Ireland, Great Britain and Azerbaijan. Many athletes from America and Asia finished ahead of the final athlete from Azerbaijan, but those continents reached the maximum quota. Also all nations which qualified in the team sprint can send a maximum of two athletes to this event.

The men’s keirin was topped by Colombia’s Fabian Puerta Zapata. He will be joined by Malaysia, Russia, Japan, United States, Canada, Greece, Czech Republic and Italy. South Korea and China finished ahead of the final athlete, but did not qualify as Asia had already reached its maximum quota. Also all nations which qualified in the team sprint can send a maximum of two athletes to this event.

The women’s team pursuit was topped by Great Britain. They will be joined by Canada, Australia, China, United States, New Zealand, Italy, Germany and Poland whose result at the 2016 Track World Championship was enough to finish ahead of Russia.

The men’s team pursuit was topped by Australia. They will be joined by Great Britain, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Switzerland, Netherlands and China.

The women’s nation omnium rankings were topped by Great Britain. They will be joined by the Netherlands, United States, Belgium, Australia, France, Cuba, Belarus, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, China, Russia, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Venezuela and Japan. Several European nations had a good enough ranking, but did not qualify due to the maximum quota of eight European nations being met.

The men’s nation omnium rankings were topped by Australia. They will be joined by Colombia, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Great Britain, France, New Zealand, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Mexico and South Korea. Russia and Netherlands finished within the top 18, but did not qualify as Europe had already reached its maximum quota of eight.

This was the only opportunity for nations to qualify in track cycling. Overall 36 nations will send at least one athlete in the sport. Also while Great Britain technically qualified 16 athletes the maximum quota in track cycling is 15.

 

Athletes by Nations

  • Australia – 15
  • Germany – 15
  • Great Britain – 15
  • New Zealand – 15
  • China – 12
  • Netherlands – 11
  • Russia – 9
  • Canada – 8
  • Poland – 8
  • France – 7
  • United States – 7
  • Denmark – 6
  • Italy – 6
  • Colombia – 5
  • South Korea – 5
  • Switzerland – 5
  • Hong Kong – 4
  • Japan – 4
  • Venezuela – 4
  • Cuba – 3
  • Czech Republic – 3
  • Spain – 3
  • Azerbaijan – 2
  • Belgium – 2
  • Lithuania – 2
  • Malaysia – 2
  • Belarus – 1
  • Brazil – 1
  • Egypt – 1
  • Greece – 1
  • Ireland – 1
  • Kazakhstan – 1
  • Mexico – 1
  • Chinese Taipei – 1
  • Trinidad and Tobago – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

 

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