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November 1/07 12:50 pm - MTB Quotas for Beijing Qualification


Posted by Editor on 11/1/07
 

MTB Quotas for Beijing Qualification

After the UCI released its latest rankings for mountain bike (October 18th - see Daily News today), the final national quotas for the Beijing Games next August are all but set. The UCI decided for the 2008 Games to use the combined Nation rankings from the end of 2006 and 2007 to determine the number of entries each nation receives. Although the calendar year is not yet finished, there are very few events left, and it is all but mathematically impossible for the top rankings to change. Full rankings are laid out in a table below.

On the men's side, the top five nations receive three starting spots, nations ranked 6 to 13 get two spots and 14 to 24 get one spot. For the women, the top eight get two spots, and 9 to 18th place get one spot. There are also additional spots qualified by Continental Championships, but the maximum number of spots listed above cannot be exceeded.

For the men, this means it looks like France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium and Germany will get three spots, while Canada and the U.S. receive two. Canada was never really in contention for a third spot, but the U.S. dropped down after Germany and Belgium leapfrogged over it in the latter half of this season. Despite the absence of Liam Killeen for most of 2007, Great Britain will likely squeak in with two spots.

China dominated the women's rankings; nearly 900 points ahead of second place Germany. Both Canada and the U.S. easily qualified the maximum two spots, in third and fourth places respectively. Despite the absence of Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa for most of the season, her staggering points total from 2006 (and the late surge this season of Lene Byberg) means that Norway will get two spots, currently fifth in the standings. Irene Kalentyeva's strong season also means that Russia (seventh) gets two spots, one place in the rankings behind Poland, while Switzerland rounds out the top-eight. Spain (11th) has dropped to only one place after Marga Fullana's absence from the Worlds and World Cup Final (due to a high hematocrit result prior to the Worlds).

Current 2006-2007 Rankings as of October 18, 2007

2006 Rank2006 Points    2007 Rank (October 18th)2007 Points    2006-2007 RankCountryTotal Points
Men
Switzerland14065 23284 1France7864
France23549143152Switzerland7349
Spain32425330473Spain5472
USA42205720194Belgium4364
Netherlands521451115795Germany4353
Great Britain619461810516USA4224
Belgium71877524877Netherlands3724
Austria818591314028Sweden3695
Germany91762425919Canada3462
Italy10172112145410Austria3261
Sweden1116746202111Denmark3226
Canada1215259193712Italy3175
New Zealand13130815122413Great Britain2997
Denmark1412568197014Czech Republic2854
Colombia1511023147115New Zealand2532
Czech Republic16106310179116Australia2276
Poland17105116119817Poland2249
Australia18101914125718Russia1855
Russia198771997819Ukraine1754
Ukraine208732188120Brazil1585
Chile218082758321Colombia1573
Brazil227042088122South Africa1477
Ireland236392281623Ireland1455
Hungary245702562924Chile1391
Romania255593344025China1245
China265502469526Hungary1199
Japan275182661327Turkey1187
Turkey284792370828Japan1131
Norway294433830629Romania999
Slovenia304003047230Slovakia899
South Africa3136117111631Slovenia872
Venezuela32359544432Serbia-Montenegro785
Slovakia333482855133Norway749
Cyprus343373632534Greece730
Serbia-Montenegro353253246035Cyprus662
Greece363103442036Croatia598
Croatia372993929937Israel596
Estonia382944227538Hong Kong578
Israel392783731839Estonia569
Finland4027561540Argentina539
Lithuania41270041Namibia526
Lebanon42270591142Portugal421
Portugal432574416443Venezuela403
Argentina442404029944Thailand310
Hong Kong451883539045Lebanon281
Korea46160528646Finland280
Thailand471354317547Latvia278
Philippines481354811648Lithuania270
Mexico4995518749Philippines251
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)508560850Korea246
Indonesia5150509051Costa Rica209
Costa Rica52484516152Mexico182
Puerto Rica5342535253Rwanda151
Paraguay541864254Zimbabwe150
Uruguay5516582155Indonesia140
Namibia56142951256Malaysia115
Ecuador5714553757Puerto Rica94
Netherlands Antilles586058Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)93
Vietnam066159Ecuador51
Latvia04127860Uruguay37
Rwanda04615161Iran35
Zimbabwe04715062Kazakhstan28
Malaysia04911563Paraguay20
Iran0563564Netherlands Antilles6
Kazakhstan0572865Bolivia4
Bolivia062466Luxembourg3
Luxembourg063367Panama1
Panama065168Vietnam1
2006 Rank2006 Points2007 Rank2007 Points2006-2007 RankCountryTotal Points
Women
Norway133531316041China7236
Germany23277330692Germany6346
Canada33120430623Canada6182
China42902143344USA6123
Poland52658721885Norway4957
USA62582235416Poland4846
Switzerland72366921127Russia4576
Spain819851415898Switzerland4478
Russia91922526549France3931
France1016686226310Czech Republic3643
Netherlands11164612166311Spain3574
New Zealand12155115137712Slovenia3412
Czech Republic1315248211913Netherlands3309
Italy14148516121614Austria3190
Austria15136811182215New Zealand2928
Slovenia16134110207116Italy2701
Brazil1710132087117Sweden1988
Sweden1892418106418Brazil1884
Slovakia198222379919Slovakia1621
Chile207582185220Chile1610
Great Britain217342573121Turkey1570
Turkey226811988922Great Britain1465
Japan235942856623South Africa1444
Belgium245523041824Australia1321
Cyprus255493921725Ukraine1287
Australia265382478326Ireland1182
Ireland275052667727Japan1160
Argentina284864118928Israel990
Ukraine294722281529Belgium970
Hungary304293434830Hungary777
Israel314002759031Cyprus766
Finland32391467832Mexico703
Croatia333553630833Argentina675
South Africa3434317110134Croatia663
Lebanon35340035Estonia572
Colombia363203823936Colombia559
Greece37303495437Portugal485
Lithuania38270038Finland469
Venezuela392524413539Namibia417
Mexico402432946040Latvia397
Portugal412313725441Venezuela387
Estonia422203335242Greece357
Vietnam431804510143Denmark351
Puerto Rica4497485744Lebanon340
Korea4590477045Vietnam281
Costa Rica4660046Lithuania270
Ecuador47444021247Ecuador256
Latvia48343236348Serbia-Montenegro200
Serbia-Montenegro49164218449Korea160
Denmark50163533550Malaysia159
Namibia03141752Puerto Rica154
Malaysia04315953Costa Rica60
Thailand050254Thailand2


 


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