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Skizo books Games spot

Beijing Olympian Sifiso Nhlapo looks to have booked his spot at the 2012 Olympics in London later this year, writes Mark Etheridge.

But fellow South African hopeful, Teagan O’Keeffe, quite literally, crashed out at the last hurdle at the World BMX Championships in Birmingham, England.

Before the championships there was concern that Nhlapo would have to make the podium in order to guarantee his spot but it later emerged that he needed only to make to the quarter-final stages.

This he did successfully testament to the Gauteng athlete’s enormous determination after breaking his neck a few years ago and then having knee surgery last year as well after injuring knee ligaments.

Nhlapo, popularly known as Skizo, went on to make the semi-finals in Birmingham on Saturday but then crashed out in some helter-skelter racing. Exact details are still sketchy. South Africa’s Olympic governing body, SASCOC must rubber-stamp final team selection at board level.

O’Keeffe, who had stitches to her knee earlier in the championships, made it through the Motos and into the quarter-finals where she needed to come fourth to come into Olympic selection contention.

“Unfortunately she crashed in the last corner and finished seventh so alas, didn’t qualify for the semis and will not make it for the Olympics,” said mom Dawn.

But there’s no doubting Teagan’s time will come and she is bound to be a key part of Team South Africa for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.