WHEN IT MATTERS JESS FOX IS AT HER BEST – K1 GOLD MEDAL AT CANOE SLALOM WORLD CUP 2
Jess Fox found her best form when it mattered to take out a third World Cup gold medal from as many races when she won the women’s K1 final at the second Canoe Slalom World Cup of the season in Krakow, Poland, on Saturday (30 June 2018).
Fox (NSW) had allowed her competitors a glimmer of hope when she was only able to qualify 17th fastest for the semi-finals, but then put in a sizzling to qualify second fastest for the final.
She finished the final in 91.51, 0.89 seconds ahead of surprise silver medallist, Lucie Baudu of France, with Italy’s Stefanie Horn finishing third.
“I didn’t have a great start in the qualifications, I was a bit messy and too cautious, so to back it up and really attack it in the final, I’m so pleased and quite surprised to take the win again,” Fox said.
“The gates that were set today were quite hard, and some of them not really using the water, so it was really physical and you had to keep it together the whole way down.
“It’s such a difficult course, and quite hard on the arms. I didn’t go as fast as my semi-final, but I was clean and tidy, with no major mistakes and a sprint to the finish. I’m so thrilled to win again. I can’t believe it.”
Fox is now a clear leader in the overall women’s K1 World Cup standings after winning the first two races at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Slovakia last week. She will have a chance to bring up another double when she contests the C1 on Sunday.
In other Australian results on Saturday, Ros Lawrence (NSW) only just missed making the final of the women’s K1, finishing 11th in the semi-final, while Daniel Watkins (TAS) picked up six seconds in penalties to finish the men’s C1 semi-final in 23rd.
Sunday will see the women’s C1 and men’s K1 semifinals and finals. Ros Lawrence, Noemie Fox and Jessica Fox will line-up to secure a spot in the women’s C1 finals from 9:03 CET (17:03 AEST), while 2016 Olympian Lucien Delfour (NSW) and Dan Watkins will contest the men’s K1 semifinal from 10:08 CET (18:08 AEST).
The women’s C1 final will be raced from 12:03 (20:03 AEST) and the men’s K1 final from 12:40 (20:40 AEST).
Follow live results and live stream via www.canoeicf.com
RESULTS: WOMEN’S K1
- FOX Jessica (AUS) 91.51
- BAUDU Lucie (FRA) 92.40
- HORN Stefanie (ITA) 92.43
AUS SEMIFINAL RACE TIMES – SUNDAY, 1 JULY 2018
Women’s C1 Seminfinal from 9:03 CET: Noemie Fox: 9:15 (17:15 AEST)
Ros Lawrence: 9:49 (17:49 AEST)
Jess Fox: 9:55 (17:55 AEST)
Men’s K1 Seminfinal from 10:08 CET:
Dan Watkins: 10:34 (18:34 AEST)
Lucien Delfour: 10:56 (18:56 AEST)
See start lists & results here: https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-cup/krakow-2018/rankings-results