Valuable Olympic points up for grabs in Continental Champs
This weekend in two different parts of the world, elites will compete for Continental Championship titles and a chance to earn valuable Rio de Janeiro Olympic qualification points. The 2016 Gisborne OTU Triathlon Oceania Championships are set to take place in New Zealand, while the 2016 Buffalo City ATU Triathlon African Championships will be occurring the same weekend in South Africa.
2016 Gisborne OTU Triathlon Oceania Championships
With New Zealand as the host city, the Kiwis have Olympic spots up for grabs. Earning a gold medal this weekend would mean that New Zealand would be granted an additional spot on the Olympic roster. In the running is Sam Osborne
Aussies Aaron Royle and Ryan Fisher headline the elite men’s start list and while Royle has already guaranteed his spot in Rio this summer, they will look to challenge for the top podium spots.
On the women’s side New Zealand’s Simone Ackermann tops the women’s field, representing the host nation, while Australian Emma Moffatt is one of the top contenders looking to assume as a threat. Moffatt was in fine form last weekend when she finished second at the Mooloolaba World Cup.
In addition to the elite races, there will also be events for the U23, Junior and Junior 4xMixed Relay race for both men and women throughout the weekend. For start lists and event information click here
2016 Buffalo City ATU Triathlon African Championships
In the men’s race, South Africa’s Henri Schoeman lines up against four other men. While Richard Murray is the only South African who has earned his Olympic spot, Schoeman is a consistent force in the ITU World Triathlon Series and World Cup calendars, especially when it comes to dominating in the water.
The women’s field has a straight South African roster, with Gillian Sanders and Mari Rabie resting at the top of the start list. Both women are strong contenders for earning the right to join the South African Olympic team.
Along with the elites, there will also be a U23 men’s and women’s competition. For start lists and event information click here