Making amends for Australian canoeist Jessica Fox who stunningly secured her second World Cup win after missing out in kayaking
- Fox won gold in the women’s canoe at the Tokyo Olympics
- Has now won two gold medals at the World Championships
- Comes after missing the finals in kayak competition
Jessica Fox clinched her second World Cup win in less than a week at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague.
Fox secured a gold medal triumph in the women’s C1 canoe slalom on the course of the Kasai Canoe Slalom Center at the Tokyo Olympics, beating reigning Olympic champion Maialen Chourraut of Spain and Germany’s Andrea Herzog.
Now she has underpinned this with another World Cup gold.
The Australian was the fastest qualifier in the women’s kayak on Thursday and underlined that form by also taking first place in Friday’s semifinals.
With a performance that mimicked her 6.51s win in the women’s canoe final in Augsburg last week, Fox put on a nearly flawless run in the final [98.95s] to win gold with a lead of 4.63 seconds over Germany’s Ricarda Funk.
Fox takes her second gold medal in the final race of the Women’s Water Slalom World Cup K1 in Prague, Czech Republic
Fox presents the Olympic gold medal she won in Tokyo. She has now underpinned this with two World Championship gold medals
Fox goes to the hard yards during Canoe Slalom International Training Week at the Lee Valley White Water Center May 24 in London
Britain’s Mallory Franklin was more than a second down in third place.
It was a redeeming result for Fox, who missed a chance for the kayak podium last week after missing a goal in the semifinals.
“It was really special,” Fox said.
“I love racing in Prague, the atmosphere is like nowhere else and I felt really good this week.”
“I won the heats, I won the semifinals, so I thought about going out there and putting on a run that I can be proud of to try and attack and it went pretty well.” I did myself really challenged to push the limits.
“I thought I could go under 100. There are so many moves on this course that are really tricky and a lot of things had to go according to plan for me to get under 100.”
“Last week I was really frustrated that I didn’t make it to the finals because of a stupid mistake, so I really wanted to do a good paddling.”
Lucien Delfour qualified for the men’s kayak final for the second time in as many weeks, finishing eighth.
Earlier in the day, Jessica (6th) and Noemie Fox (25th) both qualified for the women’s canoe semifinals.
Brodie Crawford (20th) will start in the men’s canoe semifinals, but Kaylen Bassett (32nd) and Tristan Carter (40th) failed to progress in the heat.