By David Gold

Johnathan Akinyemi_06-02-12February 6 - Nigeria's Johnathan Akinyemi (pictured) stunned Olympic bronze medallist Benjamin Boukpeti to qualify for London 2012 with victory in the K1 race at the African Canoe Slalom Championships in Bethlehem, South Africa.

Boukpeti of Togo, who came third at the Beijing 2008 Games, missed out on the quota place for London 2012 as a result, whilst Moroccan competitor Mehi Rouich was third.

There was disappointment for the home canoeists as Donovan Wewege was the highest finishing South African in fourth.

Jihane Samlal of Morocco took the women's K1 to secure her place at the Olympic Games.

Debra Merembe of Uganda was second with Kenya's Grace Maina in third, as Africa held its final qualifier for the Olympics.

Penrith in Australia will stage the next Olympic qualifiers, the Oceania Canoe Slalom Continental Championships, from February 24 until 26.

Along with the qualifiers an ICF Talent Identification Programme for Africa, a Confederation of African Canoeing camp and a general development camp which will feature athletes from Senegal to Brazil were all taking place.

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