NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder Jessica Fox has wrapped up the 2022 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships winning gold and adding another silver medal on an exciting final day of racing in Germany.
In an impressive performance, Jessica defended her 2021 world champion title in the extreme slalom after coming second in the women’s canoe (WC1) earlier in the day, bringing her overall tally at the 2022 World Championships to three after already winning silver in the women’s K1 (WK1) on Saturday.
Extreme canoe slalom will premier as an Olympic event at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and after two subsequent world championship titles, Jessica is firming up as one of the favourites.
The Olympic C1 champion, added gold in the extreme slalom to her weekend kayak and canoe silver medals with a hard-fought win in the women’s extreme slalom final.
Great Britain’s Kimberley Woods took the silver, and Andorra’s Monica Doria Vilarrubla the bronze.
In the women’s C1, host nation favourite Andrea Herzog took home the gold while Great Britain’s Mallory Franklin rounded out the podium. Jessica, Andrea and Mallory all finished on the podium at the Tokyo Olympic Games, only in 2021 it was Jessica (gold), Mallory (silver) and Andrea (bronze).
While the Olympic Champion didn’t have her strongest start in the C1, she stormed home in front of a roaring crowd of more than 8000, narrowly missing the gold medal by less than one second.
“It’s been an amazing weekend here in Augsburg and I can’t quite believe I managed to pull that off in extreme and to back up the world title. It’s always such a battle out there in extreme but the crowd was amazing. You just have to keep taking it round by round and I guess I was carried by the crowd which was amazing.
“It’s been just incredible to race here, there was so much atmosphere and I’m so pleased to come away with three medals,” Jessica said at the end of the competition.
“For the kayak and the canoe, it was always going to be really tough to beat the Germans on their home course and I wanted to give it the best shot I could. I’m really pleased with the way I raced and I enjoyed every second out here on the water.”
Taking home the world champion title, Jessica followed in the footsteps of her father Richard Fox, who won a world champion title at Augsburg in 1985.
“I’m so pleased with this and so grateful to become world champion on the same course as my dad in 1985. I finally got it which is very cool and I can’t thank everyone enough for the support.”
In the C1 final, Jess Fox was joined by her sister Noemie Fox, who finished a strong eighth. Tasmanian Kate Eckhardt narrowly missed the final in 13th place in her first-ever world championships women’s canoe semi-final.
The day also saw Lucien Delfour line up in the semi finals and despite delivering a strong performance he didn’t qualify through to the final.
With one gold and two silver medals Australia placed fourth on the overall medal rankings.
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