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Nations rankings updated for Olympic MTB qualifying

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
May 17, 2012, 20:35 BST,
Updated:
May 18, 2012, 16:41 BST
Edition:
MTB News & Racing Round-up, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Race:
2012 Olympic Games, Olympic Women's Mountain Bike Race
Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) leads the women's field up the first big climb

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) leads the women's field up the first big climb

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Updated: One more World Cup to go

Thanks to CanadianCyclist.com for permission to post this article.

The UCI has published updated standings for nation rankings to include last weekend's World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. While the official qualification period does not end until after this weekend's World Cup in La Bresse, France, the nation rankings are unlikely to change in any meaningful way - meaning how many Olympic spots each nation receives. Note that none of the following is official until the UCI and IOC publish the "official" standings in a few weeks.

The ranking is based on a combination of the combined points for the top-three riders of each nation for the periods May 23, 2010 to May 22, 2011 PLUS for the period May 23, 2011 to May 22, 2012. The UCI has just published updated rankings as of May 15, 2012 for the current qualifying period.

For the women, the top eight nations get two spots, and 9 through 18 get one spot. For the men, the top five get three spots each, 9 to 13 ranked get two spots and 14 to 24 each get one spot. Of course, this does not include positions that are qualified through winning Continental Championships (more on that below).

The table below provides the full breakdown. Canada is ranked number one in women, and is 280 points ahead of second place Switzerland, so it is not going to lose any positions, no matter what the outcome of the races this weekend. The United States will also be sending two athletes, despite the loss of points-getting machine Willow Rockwell after she retired, because all of her points from 2010-2011 still count. Similarly, the last of the top-eight - Norway - has 358 points on Russia, so it is safe. In the last qualifying spot is Denmark, with a comfortable buffer of 118 points over 19th place Hungary.

Now, as mentioned above, this does not include Continental Championship results, which shuffle things a bit. For example, New Zealand won the Oceania Championship, but they already have qualified through nation rankings, so that spot goes to the next nation in the Continental Championships, which was Australia (which didn't qualify anyone through nations ranking).

On the men's side it is similar, with the top-five - led by powerhouse Switzerland - all getting three spots on the start line. Fifth place Germany has over 1000 points on sixth ranked Italy, so it are all safe. Six through 13 in the rankings get two spots, and that includes both the United States (8th) and Canada (11th). Belgium is the final nation to get two spots, and 14th place Olympic host Great Britain is 443 points in arrears to them, so the Brits won't be making that up. In the final one spot group, Cyprus gets the last opening under nation ranking, and it is 118 points ahead of Portugal, so it is also pretty safe.

As with the women, the Continental Championships will add some missing nations, such as New Zealand, which didn't qualify through nation ranking, but were the second nation in the Oceania Championships, behind already qualified Australia. In the Americas, Todd Wells won, but the United States is already qualified, so it goes to Argentina, who had a rider finish second at the Pan Am Championships (and is not qualified through nation ranking.

Clear? Well, it still isn't done, because some nations may turn down some of their spots, for example, if it receives two spots and only one rider meets its national criteria. In that case, the UCI/IOC will re-allocate any such spots to nations next on the list, under a complicated formula.

Update with correction

Andrea Bianco, the Colombian team manager, pointed out a mistake in the analysis of the Continental Championship spots awarded for the Olympic mountain bike races after the initial posting of this article. The results of the 2012 Championships were used; however, the criteria actually uses the results of the previous year (ie, 2011) to determine which countries get those spots.

For the Oceania Continental Championships, it actually makes no difference - Australia won the men's but New Zealand gets the spot since Australia qualified through nation rankings, and the reverse for the women.

However, as Bianco pointed out, it is different in the Americas standings. In 2011, Colombia won both the men's and women's Continental Championships. Colombia will take the women's spot for the Olympics, since it didn't qualify through nations ranking.

Bianco explained the men's situation concisely. "The second place for the Olympics available in the men's race went to Argentina because Canada and USA qualified by nation ranking. But now it gets interesting... Argentina is qualifying even by nation's ranking (22nd) and [its] Pan-American place is going to Brazil. Brazil also is qualifying by nation ranking as well (19th) , so the Pan-American second place is going to Costa Rica. Paolo Montoya of Costa Rica is waiting and hoping that Argentina remains among the 24 nations in the Olympic ranking."

Both Argentina and Brazil are pretty comfortably placed in the nation rankings, so it would appear that Costa Rica is going to get that spot.

Thanks to Bianco for noticing and correcting this error.

Standings

Olympic nations rankings for women as of May 17, 2012
# Nation Points & # of Spots
1 Canada 7661 pts  2 spots
2 Switzerland 7381  2
3 France 6665  2
4 Poland 6076  2
5 United States 5922  2
6 Slovenia 5533  2
7 Germany 5470  2
8 Norway 4888  2
9 Russia 4540  1 spot
10 Italy 4093  1
11 Czech Republic 4061  1
12 Austria 3957  1
13 New Zealand 3473  1
14 Netherlands 3473  1
15 Great Britain 3186  1
16 Ukraine 3184  1
17 Sweden 3022  1
18 Denmark 2927  1
19 Hungary 2809  0 spots
20 Spain 2250  0
21 Australia 2105  0
22 Turkey 2104  0
23 Japan 2095   0
24 Slovakia 1882   0
25 China 1694  0
26 Brazil 1584  0
27 South Africa 1530  0
28 Israel 1422  0
29 Argentina 1291  0
30 Estonia 1277  0
31 Mexico 1259  0
32 Colombia 1150  0
33 Belgium 1144  0
34 Portugal 987  0
35 Chile 965  0
36 Costa Rica 863  0
37 Serbia 840  0
38 Venezuela 782  0
39 Latvia 732  0
40 Ireland 685  0
41 Finland 681  0
42 Greece 639  0
43 Puerto Rico 634  0
44 Croatia 564  0
45 El Salvador 540  0
46 Cyprus 504  0
47 Malaysia 475  0
48 Korea 365  0
49 Namibia 295  0
50 Ecuador 261  0
51 San Marino 254  0
52 Romania 233  0
53 Vietnam 165  0
54 Zimbabwe 110  0
55 Lesotho 110  0
56 Bulgaria 110  0
57 Dominican Republic 101  0
58 Chinese Taipei 75  0
59 Thailand 60  0
60 Nepal 45  0
61 Malta 36  0
62 Peru 12  0
63 Lithuania 12  0
Olympic nations rankings for men as of May 17, 2012
# Nation Points & # of spots
1 Switzerland 9838 pts  3 spots
2 France 7866  3
3 Czech Republic 7637  3
4 Spain 6135  3
5 Germany 5844  3
6 Italy 4819  2 spots
7 Netherlands 4290  2
8 United States 3877  2
9 Austria 3772  2
10 South Africa 3689  2
11 Canada 3503  2
12 Poland 3314  2
13 Belgium 3223  2
14 Great Britain 2780  1 spot
15 Sweden 2525  1
16 Australia 2432  1
17 Japan 2307  1
18 Ukraine 2024  1
19 Brazil 2007  1
20 Russia 1904  1
21 Hungary 1860  1
22 Argentina 1821  1
23 Greece 1779  1
24 Cyprus 1687  1
25 Portugal 1569  0 spots
26 Denmark 1538  0
27 New Zealand 1460  0
28 Turkey 1433  0
29 Finland 1184  0
30 Chile 1150  0
31 Norway 1142  0
32 Slovakia 1098  0
33 Colombia 1067  0
34 Estonia 1032  0
35 Namibia 986  0
36 Israel 948  0
37 Serbia 938  0
38 Costa Rica 802  0
39 Iran 763  0
40 Venezuela 746  0
41 Mexico 743  0
42 Hong Kong, China 680  0
43 Slovenia 678  0
44 China 672  0
45 Puerto Rico 671  0
46 Kazakhstan 622  0
47 Ireland 612  0
48 Croatia 609  0
49 Latvia 568  0
50 Romania 556  0
51 Georgia 554  0
52 El Salvador 550  0
53 Lesotho 543  0
54 Malaysia 367  0
55 Zimbabwe 318  0
56 Korea 283  0
57 Thailand 260  0
58 Indonesia 260  0
59 Bulgaria 238  0
60 Rwanda 179  0
61 Chinese Taipei 77  0
62 Nepal 74  0
63 Ecuador 68  0
64 Mauritius 60  0
65 Brunei Darussalam 60  0
66 Philippines 55  0
67 Guam 55  0
68 Guatemala 47  0
69 Montenegro 46  0
70 Vietnam 40  0
71 Luxembourg 32  0
72 Bolivia 22  0
73 Singapore 21  0
74 Lebanon 12  0
75 Dominican Republic 10  0
76 Cuba 6  0
77 Mongolia 2  0
78 Belarus 1  0

 

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