2013 C1W World Cup champion Jess Fox
ICF Slalom World Cup 5 (Bratislava, SVK)
Photograph:Balint Vekassy (ICF)
Jessica Fox has continued her stellar 2013 World Cup series winning gold in the C1W final in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Since finishing second behind British teenager Kimberley Woods at the first World Cup in Cardiff, today’s victory marks her fourth consecutive C1W World Cup victory in a row.
“I am so happy, it has been a great world cup season for me in C1. I am really happy to finish C1 with four wins and a silver”, said Fox.
Fox was pipped by fellow Australian Rosalyn Lawrence in the heat and semifinal before showing her class in the final to win in 119.59, more than 11 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Czech paddler Katerina Hoskova.
Little known British canoeist Jasmine Royle finished third, while Lawrence had to settle for sixth after a 50 second penalty for a missed gate on the lower section of the course ended her pursuit of a podium berth.
Fox believes the course was a lot more challenging than on Friday with the gate combination at six, seven and eight and the drop-off on the lower section of the course splitting the field.
“I just wanted to make sure I went clean through all the gates and kept the boat running the whole way down the course.”
It was just a week ago when Fox created history in Slovenia, becoming the first female to win the C1 and K1 events at the same World Cup, and going by her current form she is well on the way to achieving that same feat tomorrow when she chases victory in the K1.
Fox believes that her performance in Tacen was the best of her World Cup season, “I would say my double victory in Tacen last weekend was definitely a highlight and a big milestone for me in K1 as well as C1.”
Fox will contest the K1W semifinal alongside Lawrence and Victorian Sarah Grant, with the top ten women advancing to the final.
In other results on Saturday NSWIS canoeist Ian Borrows produced a career best result finishing 11th in the C1M semifinal.
The 23 year old appeared to have secured a maiden finals berth, however a successful appeal from another competitor pushed the Penrith Valley canoeist out of the top ten.
Ascot kayaker Robin Jeffery also contested the C1M semifinal finishing 20th.
The C1M final was eventually won by canoeing legend Michal Martikan on his home course ahead of British paddler David Florence and another Slovakian Matej Benus.
In a family affair for the Borrows’, Ian’s younger sibling Alison finished 17th behind Fox in the C1W event.
Lucien Delfour headed into the final World Cup sitting pretty at number five on the ICF K1M World Cup rankings.
The 24 year old will however be slightly disappointed to miss a finals berth after finishing 20th in the semifinal.
Delfour got off to a solid start to only trail by 1.13 seconds at the first split, but a mistake on the lower section of the course proved costly.
Returning from a long injury lay off, Forsythe will be pleased with the way he returned in his first international competition of the year.
The 27 year old finished one spot lower than Delfour in 21st, but can only get better as he gets more racing in the arms.
U23 kayaker Jaxon Merritt also contested the semifinal finishing 37th.
The 2013 World Cup series will conclude on Sunday. Three Australians will be in action on the final day with Fox, Lawrence and Grant all looking to cap off the series in style with a strong showing in the K1W event.
Please refer to schedule below for race times and check out the links to LIVE results and streaming.
(All times AUS EST, 8hrs ahead of Bratislava, SVK)
5:50pm – K1W Semifinal (Fox/Lawrence/Grant)
6:35pm – C2M Semifinal
8:02pm – K1W Final
8:32pm – C2M Final
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