Medals were awarded today in the women’s U23 cross-country race along with the men’s and women’s senior race at the 2019 Mountain Biking World Championships. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible nations qualify to the games. The Mountain Biking World Championships is currently being held in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada from August 28th to September 1st 2019.
The senior women’s cross-country was won by France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prevot whom finished with a time of 1:28:51 and ahead of 2017 world champion Jolanda Neff of Switzerland. The bronze medal was won by Australia’s Rebecca McConnell.
Switzerland’s Nino Schurter won his eighth men’s cross-country world title where he beat his compatriot Mathias Flueckiger by 30 seconds, finishing with a time of 1:27:05. The second Olympic quota was provisionally won by bronze medalist Stephane Tempier of France.
The women’s U23 cross-country race was held earlier in the day and was won by Switzerland’s Sina Frei whom finished with a time of 1:16:34. This was 31 seconds ahead of Austria’s Laura Stigger whom provisionally won a quota for her nation. The bronze medal was won by France’s Loana Lecomte. The second quota was provisionally won by Evie Richards of Great Britain whom finished in fourth place.
As a reminder, the world rankings hold a higher qualification priority. Should any nation qualify via those methods then the next highest ranked eligible nation here will qualify one athlete to compete at the Olympics. The nations world rankings will be the final opportunity for nations to qualify to the Olympics.
Update: With the publication of the Olympic Rankings, the quotas won here have been redistributed. In the men’s the quotas will go to Australia and Israel. The quotas won at the senior women’s race have been awarded to Slovenia and Sweden while Portugal and Russia qualified via the results of the Under 23 race.