470 African Olympic Qualification for Angola

The 2016 470 African Championship was a ground-breaking moment for sailing in Africa, as the event marked the first ever 470 African Championships and first Continental Olympic Qualification Event. With South Africa already qualified for RIo, the one African continental qualification place unfolded between the teams representing Algeria and Angola.

Teams from Algeria, Angola and South Africa competed in the 470 African Championship, which saw the race course set right off Cape Town’s popular waterfront area and in front of the iconic Table Mountain.

Angola’s Matia Montinho and Paixao Afonso opened their assault with a strong 3rd place in race 1 and soon held their advantage over team mates Francisco Artur and Edivaldo Torres and the Algerian pair of Hakiim Djoulah and Samir Ksouri.

A consistent scoreline rewarded them with a sixth place overall to give Montinho/Afonso the honour of securing their nation’s place to Rio and a massive celebration of success for Angola. Their achievement marks the first time Angola has competed in the 470 Men event since the 1992 Olympic Games.

However, the challenge is a long way from over for the two Angola teams, as they now face off to decide who will make it to the Olympic starting line,

Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson (RSA) took the Championship title, ahead of Sibusiso Sizatu and Alex Burger (RSA). Jim and Hudson have already been selected for Rio 2016.

470 African Championship – Final Top Ten Results
1. Asenathi Jim/Roger Hudson (RSA1) – 17 pts
2. Sibusiso Sizatu/Alex Burger (RSA11) – 27 pts
3. Brevan Thompson/Alexander Ham (RSA12) – 31 pts
4. Taariq Jacobs/Joshua Rubenstein (RSA111) – 45 pts
5. Ricky Robinson/Brennan Robinson (RSA8) – 53 pts
6. Matias Montinho/Paixao Afonso (ANG1) – 55 pts
7. Ryan Barnardo/Daniel Spratley (RSA13) – 77 pts
8. Francisco Artur/Edivaldo Torres (ANG2) – 88 pts
9. Sabatha Gayeka/Alex Lehtinen (RSA10) – 99 pts
10. Hakim Djoulah/Samir Ksouri (ALG8) – 119 pts

2016 470 Championships
Up next on the 470 Championship programme will be the 2016 470 World Championship in San Isidro, Argentina from 20 - 27 February 2016, followed by the 2016 470 European Championship in Palma, Mallorca from 5 - 12 April 2016.