26 Feb 2016 20:01pm
WINDHOEK, 26 FEB (NAMPA) - Namibian cyclist Vera Adrian won the road race at the Continental African Championship in Casablanca (CAC), Morocco on Friday, improving her chances of representing Namibia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Adrian finished the 120 kilometre (m) road race in a time of three hours, 39:48 seconds (03:39:49), beating An-li Kachelhoffer of South Africa and Kimberley le Court of Mauritius to the finish line.
Namibia is now guaranteed one spot at the Summer Games.
Adrian and another top Namibian female cyclist, Michelle Vorster, participated in the CAC in efforts to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in August.
Vorster finished the road race in 18th position.
Adrian is 2016, 2015 and 2012 national champion and represented her nation at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, where she finished 28th in the individual time trial but did not finish the road race.
This was the fourth time that the 22-year-old cyclist participated at the CAC.
In her maiden season in 2012 she finished sixth in the road race and second in the individual time trial. In 2013 she ended up on the podium after finishing second on the road race and third on the individual time trial and in 2015 Wartburg, South Africa she finished ninth in the road race and fifth on the individual time trial.
In the team time trial at the same event, Namibia finished second.
Adrian and Vorster will now be waiting on the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) to select the only female representative to represent the country in Rio - the same system that was used to select a male representative will be used to select a female representative.
So far, only three Namibian athletes have qualified for the Rio Olympics - Gabby Ahrens (shooting), Beata Naigambo (marathon) and Dan Craven (cycling).