U23 World champion Jessica Fox has won her third womens C1 gold medal from four starts at this years World Cup series with victory in Tacen, Slovenia today.
The 19 year old Penrith paddler dominated her semifinal earlier in the day before proving a class above her opposition winning the final in 132.69 despite a four second time penalty for two gate touches.
Fox finished 2.35 seconds ahead of British canoeist Mallory Franklin.
Czech paddler Monika Jancova edged NSWIS gun Rosalyn Lawrence to the bronze medal by 1.51 seconds, with a two second penalty for a gate touch costing Lawrence a place on the podium.
"I thought the course was technical and challenging and it was great to race on harder water after the last three world cups and with the big drops at the start of Tacen it always makes for exciting racing," said Fox.
"The final was a good race with lots of improvement from the semis from the other women so I had to work harder and was happy with my paddling on the main moves which meant I improved my time despite a couple of silly touches, I am glad it was enough."
Fox will be hoping her excellent C1 form transpires into a strong showing in the women’s K1 semifinal tomorrow with the Australian still searching for her first podium finish in the same event she won silver in at last year’s Olympic Games.
Tacen lived up to its name as one of the toughest and most unpredictable courses in the world with 24 year old K1 paddler Lucien Delfour failing to repeat his semifinal precision in the final.
Delfour blitzed the course earlier in the day navigating his way down the 21 gate course setting the fastest semifinal time of 102.89.
Chasing a second consecutive K1 World Cup medal in the final after winning silver at the previous event in Spain, two early gate misses and a touch further down the course all but ended his pursuit of a podium berth.
Delfour will walk away disappointed knowing that his raw time of 100.71 would have been good enough for silver.
The final was won by two-time world champion and local celebrity Peter Kauzer in the only sub 100 time of 99.87.
German star Fabian Doerfler finished 3.04 seconds behind Kauzer ahead of fellow countrymen Hannes Aigner in third.
Earlier in the day Ascot Olympian Robin Jeffery has produced his best result of the season finishing 16th in the men’s C1 semifinal.
Jeffery recorded a clean run of 115.18 to finish 9.42 seconds behind semifinal winner Benjamin Savsek who used his home course knowledge to perfection.
The popular Slovenian dominated the semifinal finishing more than three seconds ahead of Croatian Matija Marinic with Poland’s Grzegorz Hedwig finishing third 0.79 seconds further adrift.
Although Jeffery missed the top ten final cut-off, the 25 year old will be relieved to have cracked the top 20 for the first time this year at international level after dominating the National circuit in Penrith and Tasmania earlier in the year.
The final was eventually dominated by the home nation with Anze Bercic winning the gold in 108.28, 1.28 seconds ahead of German Franz Anton, with Croatian Matija Marinic coming in third 0.38 seconds further back.
The non-Olympic Teams finals proceeded in the afternoon with Delfour combining with U23 pair Jaxon Merritt and Joey Croft to finish fifth in the K1 Teams final, while Jeffery combined with Ian Borrows and Christian Fabris to finish sixth in the C1 Teams event.
Racing will continue on Sunday with the men's C2 and women's K1 semifinals and finals.
Three Australians will be in action with Fox and Lawrence set to contest the K1 women's semifinals alongside Victorian Sarah Grant.
Please refer to links below for LIVE Results and LIVE stream.
5:30pm – K1W Semifinals (Jess Fox/Ros Lawrence/Sarah Grant)
6:35pm – C2M Semifinals
8:02pm – K1W Finals
8:32pm – C2M Finals
10:00pm – K1W Teams Final
10:25pm – C2M Teams Final
(All times AUS EST, 8hrs ahead of SLO).
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