The second day of canoeing at the 2019 African Games saw medals being awarded in the 500m events with an Olympic quota being awarded in the women’s K1 500m. The highest ranked eligible boat qualified their nation to the Olympics. Canoeing at the African Games is currently being held in Rabat, Morocco from August 28th to August 30th.
The two heats were won by Nigeria’s Blessing Amusar and South Africa’s Esti van Tonder whom finished with times of 2:14.910 and 2:13.582 respectively. The gold medal was won by van Tonder whom finished almost ten seconds ahead of the competition with a time of 1:55.945. Sadly, due to additional criteria imposed by the nation federation South Africa will decline the quota meaning the quota will be reallocated to the next highest ranked nation, the silver medalist Khaoula Sassi of Tunisia (2:05.932). The bronze medal was won by Egypt’s Sarah Ahmed whom finished with a time of 2:13.422.
Nations will have one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics in the event through the World Cup event to be held in 2020. Canoeing at the African Games continues tomorrow with medals being awarded in the 200m events.