Johnathan Akinyemi claims Africa's Men's K1 spot at London 2012

The 2012 African Slalom Championships concluded today with one of the biggest upsets yet in the race to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer.

Johnathan Akinyemi (NIG) wins Africa's single Men's K1 spot for London 2012.
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Johnathan Akinyemi (NIG) wins Africa's single Men's K1 spot for London 2012.

Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Benjamin Boukpeti (TOG) had to settle for second best this afternoon in Bethlehem, South Africa after failing to secure the first place finish required to qualify for the London Games.

The first place, title of African Slalom Men’s K1 Champion, and the all important Olympic quota place went to Johnathan Akinyemi of Nigeria!

In the other decisive category, Jihane Samlal (MAR) dominated the Women’s K1 event and convincingly won the gold medal to also secure the Olympic quota place. Debra Merembe (UGA) and Grace Maina (KEN) won the silver and bronze medals respectively.

The Championships were the final opportunity for paddlers from Africa to qualify for the Olympic Games. The next Olympic Games qualifier will be the 2012 Oceania Canoe Slalom Continental Championships in Penrith, Australia which takes place from 24-26 February.

Final results from the 2012 African Canoe Slalom Championships including the results of the non-African paddlers participating at the Championships can be found on the links below.

 

 
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