Dual world canoe and kayak champion Jess Fox had added another piece of silverware to the mantel piece, the Sydney 20-year-old defending her Under-23 K1 world title in Brazil overnight.
The current holder of the open K1 and C1 titles and defender of both under-23 titles heading into the canoe slalom world championships in Brazil, fortune didn’t favour Fox in her defence of the C1 crown - over-running the crucial gate 11, which thereby robbed her of any chance of a podium finish in the close knit final.
Paddling with strength and aggression in a hard-fought contest, Jess’ determination all but got the better of her, eventually finishing fifth.
But it lit a fire underneath her, Jess bouncing back in the K1 final to secure victory and defend her kayak title at the unpredictable Foz do Iguacu course.
I'm really happy with that run, I'm happy with the way I raced that race. The whole week has been quite stressful, there was pressure, there was expectation. I was excited by the competition and the calibre of new rivals.
Jess qualified third fastest for the final, saving her best for last with a fault-free run that saw her overcome local teen and future world title contender Ana Satila by more than three seconds.
"The C1 was a really big blow for me, it was really devastating," says Jess, who was a previous back-to-back champion.
"But I was really proud of the way I raced that race in C1, I learned a lot from that run.
"I actually found the speed and aggression I was looking for all week, and I just channelled it into that race."
With the under-23 K1 crown now tight in her clasp, Jess will defend her open K1 and C1 titles against the world’s best at the open world championships in London this September. It’s the very same Olympic course where Jess shot to prominence with a stellar silver medal performance at the 2012 London Games as a high schooler.
In the meantime, she heads to Europe for some intense training and an opportunity to contest the annual world cup series.