Lucien Delfour provisionally secures Tokyo 2020 spot

Posted on February 24, 2020 by

It was a golden finish for Australia’s Olympic canoe slalom paddlers at the 2020 Australian Open Canoe Slalom with Rio Olympian Lucien Delfour (NSW) and dual Olympic medallist Jessica Fox (NSW) making it a daily double, winning the men’s K1 and women’s C1 respectively.

It was the second gold for Fox over the weekend after she also took home the win in the K1 on Saturday.

The event also doubled up as the final Olympic selection event for Australia’s canoe slalom men and NSWIS athlete Lucien Delfour provisionally secured his Tokyo 2020 spot. Following a sixth place in the semi-final earlier in the day, Delfour finished the K1 men final as the top-ranked Australian.

Pending official confirmation, nomination by Paddle Australia and selection by the AOC, five months out from Tokyo 2020, Australia’s canoe slalom team looks set after Jessica Fox already secured her Tokyo 2020 selection at the World Championships last year to represent Australia in both the women’s K1 and C1. It’s expected that Delfour and C1 representative Daniel Watkins (TAS) will join Fox for a team of three.

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