Defending world champion Jessica Fox has won a silver medal in the women’s K1 on the penultimate day of the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4 in Markkleeberg, Germany.
By her own admission, the K1 final was not one of her best runs, but it was still good enough to earn a podium spot.
Fox qualified for the final as seventh fastest, but put down a clean run in the medal decider to put her at the top of the leaderboard. Only German speedster Ricarda Funk, the final athlete, was able to go faster.
“It’s a silver medal, and I’m really happy to be on the podium, and I’m probably 90 per cent happy with that run,” Fox said.
“I made a big mistake on gate one and just charged from there. It’s sometimes easier to make a mistake earlier than it is later in the run, because you can try and catch up a bit of time throughout the run.
“It’s not the start I wanted, when I crossed the line and saw the time, I knew it was solid but I wasn’t sure if it was enough for a medal.”
Victorian U23-paddler Tristan Carter celebrated his first ever C1 world cup semi-final with a solid 13th, narrowly missing the final.
“I’m happy about some things on my run, but I made a big mistake and lost quite a bit of time,” Carter said.
“There’s a positive there. I lost quite a bit of time, and I was only just a second off the final, so that’s something to take away from it.
“The fact I made my first ever semi, and then was able to put down a pretty decent run in it, that’s pretty cool. I’m pretty happy with that, I can definitely take that into next month and into La Seu.”
Brodie Crawford (WA) picked up a two-second penalty before finishing 23rdin the C1 semi-final.
The ICF world cup continues in Markkleeberg on Sunday, with semi-finals and finals in women’s C1 and men’s K1. Australia has three athletes in both races.
Follow results here: https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-cup/markkleeberg-2019/results
Follow racing live: https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-cup/markkleeberg-2019
1. FUNK Ricarda (GER) 95.27
2. FOX Jessica (AUS) 99.02
3. HORN Stefanie (ITA) 99.62
Schedule, Sunday, 1 September 2019 (times CET, +8hrs AEST)
9:32 Kate Eckhardt
9:42 Noemie Fox
9:58 Jessica Fox
Finals from 12:03
10:25 Angus Thompson
10:59 Ben Pope
11:21 Lucien Delfour
Finals from 12:40
TEAM AUSTRALIA WORLD CUP 4 – Results
· Jess Fox (NSW) – 2nd
· Kate Eckhardt (TAS)– 32nd
· Noemie Fox (NSW) – 43rd
· Jess Fox (NSW)
· Noemie Fox (NSW)
· Kate Eckhardt (TAS)
· Tristan Carter (VIC) – 13th
· Brodie Crawford (WA) – 23rd
· Ian Borrows (NSW) – 38th
· Lucien Delfour (NSW)
· Ben Pope (WA)
· Angus Thompson (NSW)
See the Canoe Slalom athlete profileshere: https://paddle.org.au/canoe-slalom-athlete-profiles/
2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Season
– World Cup 1: Lee Valley, UK, June 14-16 June.
– World Cup 2: Bratislava, Slovakia, June 21-23.
– World Cup 3: Tacen, Slovenia, June 28-20.
– World Cup 4: Markkleeberg, Germany, 30 August-1 September.
– World Cup final: Prague, Czech Republic, 6-8 September.
– ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, La Seu, Spain, 25-29 September 2019
– Tokyo 2020 Canoe Slalom Olympic Test Event, Tokyo, Japan, 25-27 October 2019