South Africa won both Olympic events at the 2019 African Mountain Biking Championships. In terms of Olympic qualification, the highest ranked eligible nation in the men’s and women’s cross-country event qualified. The African Mountain Biking Championship was held in Windhoek, Namibia from April 11th to 13th 2019.
The women’s cross-country event was won by South Africa’s Mariske Strauss whom won with a time of 1:23:39, two minutes ahead of her compatriot Cheire Redecker. The bronze medal was won by Candice Lill whom completed the sweep for South Africa.
South Africa made it two golds in the men’s cross-country event as Alan Hatherly successfully defended his African title with a time of 1:20:27. Just under a minute behind was his compatriot Philip Buys. Namibia’s Alex Miller prevented the sweep by winning the bronze medal.
As a reminder, the Olympic Nation Rankings will have priority over the continental championships so while South Africa currently holds the qualification quotas, they will likely be transferred at a later date to Namibia whom was the second ranked nation in both events. The final continental qualification that will offer Olympic quotas in mountain biking will be in Asia, to be held in Lebanon in July.
Update: With the release of the Olympic Nation Rankings, the quota has been transferred to Namibia for both genders.