Australia’s Jessica Fox made a sensational return to the ICF World Cup circuit,winning her third C1 world cup gold of the season on the first day of competition in La Seu, Spain.
Fox continued her strong form of 2023, winning her third C1 gold from four starts. Despite two gate touches and four seconds in penalties, Fox still finished just 0.08 seconds ahead of Germany’s Andrea Herzog.
The reigning Olympic gold medalist said she took risks in her final run because she wanted to test herself.
“I analysed the risks, I hesitated, I think it’s always good to challenge yourself because sometimes you’re in a position where you know that it is faster and riskier, but sometimes you’ve just got to try and give it everything and take that risk to try and scrape a few seconds,” Fox said.
“I don’t think you can be complacent. It’s been a good world cup season so far, we’ve only got a couple of weeks to go before the world championships so hopefully I can just keep plodding along.”
Noemie Fox finished 17th in the C1 semifinal, and Kate Eckhardt 29th. In the men’s C1 event, Tristan Carter was the top placed Aussie in 23rd, just ahead of Brodie Crawford in 25th, and Kaylen Bassett placed 39th.
Competition from the World Cup continues tonight later with all six Aussies progressing through to the K1 semifinals.
Racing gets underway from 4.30pm AEST on Saturday 2 September. Follow the live results HERE.