A Fox in the hen house

Jess Fox on the brink of another world title
Jessica Fox in action! © Incite Images/Red Bull Content Pool
By Josh Rakic

She’s already the world Under-23 canoe slalom champion and now Australian Jess Fox is just one event away from claiming the coveted world champion double by taking out the overall professional World Cup honours in canoe slalom, too.

Of the four World Cup events held in Europe so far, Jess has claimed two wins to have her leading the rankings with the final round to be contested in Germany this weekend.

Her most recent win came less than 10 days ago when she emerged victorious in the Spain World Cup and now she holds a narrow four-point leave from Czech rival Katerina Hoskova.

But while the 20-year-old is the only competitor to have two World Cup gold medals to her name from the four events thus fur, the four-point lead won’t be enough to save her should Hoskova finish ahead. Jess needs a top-four finish to guarantee she remains in contention for the World Cup and to finish at least one position ahead of Hoskova to claim the title.

Should she come away with the win, it would be a massive coup for the Penrith product and Olympic silver medallist who would have achieved more by the age of 20 than most athletes can hope to accomplish throughout an entire career.

But there’s another plate she’s spinning, that of the kayak slalom World Cup campaign where she sits third in the rankings ahead of Germany.
Both categories will be contested over the same weekend, and after a last-minute hiccup cost her victory in the K1 in Spain, Jess will be determined to make amends.

She trails the leader by 36 points and remains a mathematical chance to claim the double. Had she won as expected last week she would have been in perfect striking distance to claim the title but now Jess will have to win the event – which she’s more than capable of – and hope the two women ahead of her have their worst rounds of the series.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility. Either way, Jess enters this weekend’s final round in contention for two World Cup final wins and is a serious chance of claiming at least one, if not both.

Good luck, Jess!

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