Jessica Fox wins first ever Olympic women’s C1 gold
Posted on July 29, 2021 by NSW Institute of Sport
NSWIS scholarship holder Jessica Fox has won a long-awaited Olympic gold medal in the final of the women’s C1 competition.
After qualifying for the final with the quickest time in the semi-finals, the NSWIS scholarship holder held her nerve to finish comfortably in front of the closest challenger, taking home a fourth Olympic medal, though importantly, her first gold.
It was the Great British paddler Mallory Franklin who set the early benchmark in the final, posting an impressive time of 108.68.
Franklin stood on top of the podium positions as challenger after challenger tried, and failed, to top her time. Fox took to the water as the last runner for the event, and the only one able to knock the Brit off the top spot.
Fox looked on her game from the start and was already multiple seconds ahead of Franklin at the first checkpoint. Almost five seconds ahead at the second checkpoint, Fox only needed a clean finish to take the gold. And the champion paddler did exactly that, finishing with a time of 105.04 and taking the Olympic gold.