Olympic champion and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete Jessica Fox issued a timely reminder of her class 55 days out from the Paris Games, winning gold at the first World Cup of the season in Augsburg.

After a disappointing K1 final on Friday, and a scratchy C1 semi-final which saw her only just scrape into the final, Fox bounced back to take gold in the women’s canoe final by more than eight seconds.

The Olympic champion picked up an early gate touch but put together a perfect run for the rest of the race to take the first World Cup win of the season, at the first World Cup of the season.

“I’m just so relieved to finally put down a good run,” Fox said.

“It’s been a tough weekend, it’s been wet and harsh, I’ve been trying to manage the nerves that come with the first World Cup of the season, but now I’m thrilled to be back on the podium, and to be on the top step.

“It was a tough course, Augsburg is always challenging, so I just really had to keep it together.”

Fellow Paris 2024 Australian Olympic team member Tristan Carter sent out a warning to his competition, qualifying for the men’s final after finishing fourth in the semi final.

In the 10-man final, Carter held on to top spot for much of the field, in the end holding on to sixth place to start his season strong.

The opening ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup will wrap up on Sunday, with the men’s and women’s kayak cross competition. Kayak cross will make its Olympic debut later this year in Paris.

Australians Jessica Fox, Noemie Fox, Tristan Carter, Kaylen Bassett and Tim Anderson will all line up in the Kayak Cross.

Article and image courtesy of Paddle Australia

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