Fox finishes season in style at World Cup final
Published 12 September 2016 (AEDT)
CANOE/KAYAK SLALOM: Australia’s Jessica Fox has finished her 2016 canoe slalom campaign with a stunning victory in the K1 in the World Cup final at Tacen, Slovenia.
24 hours after Fox was forced to settle for silver in the final of the C1, the Australian stunned a world-class field to post a comprehensive victory in the season-ending decider.
Fox finished in 77.55 seconds, more than two seconds ahead of Austria’s Corinna Kunhnle, who posted a time of 79.83, with Great Britain’s Fiona Pennie a further 0.13 seconds behind in third position.
The victory provides some compensation for Fox, who had to settle for bronze at the Rio Olympics after winning gold in London four years earlier.
It was a nervous wait for Fox, who qualified fourth fastest for the final and had to wait for Kuhnle, Pennie and Germany’s Ricarda Funk to complete their runs.
All four paddlers completed error-free runs on the dramatically shortened course, which had been reduced to 14 gates after cracks began to appear in concrete at the bottom of the run.
It was Fox’s first World Cup win for 2016, after winning silver medals at two earlier events. It was also a happy return for the Australian to Tacen, where she won her first World Cup event back in 2013.