Cycling: Olympic Track Rankings Published, 36 Nations Qualify At Least One Athlete
With the conclusion of the 2020 Track Cycling World Championships, the Olympic Track Rankings have been finalized. The rankings contained events spanning between 2018-2020 where athletes can earn points for their nations. The highest ranked nations in each Olympic event are qualified to compete.
Nations which qualify in the team sprint are eligible to compete with two athletes in the individual sprint and keirin. Similarly, nations which qualify in the individual sprint and/or keirin can compete in the other event. For long distance events, nations which qualify in the team pursuit are eligible to compete in the Madison and those which qualify directly to the Madison can compete in the omnium, nations which qualify from the team pursuit must attempt to qualify directly in the omnium for an additional athlete. In total, a nation can qualify a maximum of 8 men and 7 women in track cycling.
Continent representation in the sprint and long distance events must be maintained, should a continent not be represented then the highest ranked nation from the continent in the individual sprint and/or omnium will replace the lowest ranked nation in those events. Continental representation was established for Africa where South Africa obtained a quota in the men’s and women’s individual sprint and men’s omnium while Egypt qualified to compete in the women’s omnium.
Overall, 36 nations qualified at least one quota with Australia obtaining the maximum quota in terms of athletes and events. While New Zealand also qualified 15 athletes, they did not qualify in the women’s team sprint.
In terms of athletes per nations… 15 Athletes – Australia and New Zealand 14 Athletes – Germany and Great Britain 13 Athletes – Canada 12 Athletes – France 10 Athletes – Italy 9 Athletes – Netherlands and Poland 8 Athletes – United States 7 Athletes – Denmark and Russia 6 Athletes – Japan 5 Athletes – Switzerland 4 Athletes – Belgium, China, Hong Kong and Ireland 3 Athletes – Mexico and South Africa 2 Athletes – Austria, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Spain and Trinidad and Tobago 1 Athlete – Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Suriname and Ukraine