Fox’s experience on the course, having previously won World Cup gold (2021) and silver (2016) in Pau, as well as World Championships gold in 2017, came to the forefront, as the 28-year-old advanced to the 10-paddler final as the fastest qualifier from the semi-final.
Although she had one touch in the final, adding a two-second penalty to her time, Fox’s speed down the challenging French course was enough to give her a 1.80 second buffer ahead of second place, finishing in a time of 108.20.
Polands’s Natalia Pacierpink secured silver in 110.00 and Tereza Fiserova from Czech Republic placed third in 110.63.
Fox, who won K1 silver at the 2022 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Germany last month, said it was an “amazing” feeling to secure her fourth K1 World Cup victory of the season.
“I’m really pleased to win here in Pau, it’s such a great course and I have great memories here,” Fox said.
“It was so hard physically to race out here today, so to come away with a 4th win this year is amazing.”
Having won gold at all four World Cups in 2022, Fox leads the Women’s K1 World Cup standings on 240 points, with one World Cup remaining. Tereza Fiserova from Czech Republic is second in the K1 standings with 176 points, ahead of Ukraine’s Viktoriia Us on 149 points.
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Fox will be back in action tonight alongside her teammates Noemie Fox, Tristan Carter and Kaylen Bassett who have all qualified for the C1 semi finals.
The C1 semifinals will run at 5pm AEST, with the finals to be streamed live on 7Plus from 7.20pm AEST
Aussies will also be in action in the Extreme Slalom, with quarterfinals, semifinals and finals action live on 7Plus from 12.20am AEST. CLICK HERE to watch