China, Japan and Kazakhstan all qualified boats at the 2016 Asian Canoe Slalom Championship. The highest ranked eligible boat from each Olympic event qualifies their nation to the Olympics. Also a nation cannot qualify more than two athlete quotas through the continental qualifier. The Asian Canoe Slalom Championship was held in Toyama, Japan from April 23rd to April 24th 2016.
During the heats the men’s C1 was topped by China’s Wang Sheng. He was able to hold his position in the semi-final where he completed the course in 94.26, but a missed gate in the final cost him title. Instead it was Wang’s compatriot Shu Jianming which won the event and quota with a time of 95.01. The silver and bronze medals went to China’s Chen Fangjia and Japan’s Kazuya Taniguchi respectively.
The men’s K1’s heats were topped by Japan’s Taku Yoshida, but his rank dropped to fourth in the semi-final as China’s Huang Cunguang topped the field with a time of 89.92. Just like in the C1 Huang missed a gate in the final leaving the title and Olympic quota to his compatriot Tan Ya whom finished with a time of 87.34. The silver and bronze medals went to China’s Quan Xin and Kazakhstan’s Martin Stanovsky respectively.
China’s Li Tong topped the field during the heats of the women’s K1. The semi-final was topped by China’s Li Lu whom finished with a time of 98.19. Li Lu would go on to win the event with a time of 96.24. The silver and bronze medals went to China’s Ren Ye and Japan’s Ren Mishima respectively. China, along with Japan has previously qualified a boat in this event thus the Olympic quota was won by fourth place Xeniya Kondratenko of Kazakhstan.
The top boat during the heats of the men’s C2 came from China’s Chen Fei and Shan Bao. With Chen and Shan missing a gate in the semi-final it was Japan’s Shota Sasaki and Tsubasa Sasaki whom finished with a time of 95.20. Japan would go on to win gold and the Olympic quota with a time of 96.71. The silver and bronze medals went to China’s Zhang Hang and Deng Xiao and China’s Yu Hongmin and Chen Jin respectively. With the quota Japan will now send a boat in each slalom event.
This was the final opportunity for nations of Asia to qualify a boat in canoe slalom. The final continental qualifier, the European qualifiers will be held over the next month.
Boats by Nations
- China – 2
- Japan – 1
- Kazakhstan – 1
- Japan Canoe Federation. 9th Asian Canoe Slalom Championship – Schedule and Results. Access on April 24 2016.