Olympic silver medallist Jess Fox has completed a near ideal preparation for next month’s IFC World Championships after claiming overall victory in the Canoe Slalom World Cup series C1 and silver in the K1 over the weekend in France.
The Penrith product built a near unbeatable lead over the first four World Cup events to enter the fifth and final contest in Pau needing only a 15th to claim overall victory in the C1, one of few titles that eluded her last year. But with the all-important annual World Championships next month, Jess wasn’t about to rest on her laurels and instead pushed the paddle to the medal to claim the narrowest of seconds and cement her overall victory in the C1.
Her task in the K1 however, was a damn side tougher. Sitting seventh heading into the contest and with double points on offer, Jess needed no less than victory and some other results to go her way to steal the overall K1 crown. The odds were against her but in true Fox fashion, she put on a brilliant display to come within a whisker of a miracle, finishing second in the final and claiming silver for the series.
It was her second podium in as many days and perfect preparation for next month’s championships when Jess returns to the London Olympic course where she first made a name for herself as a 19-year-old in 2012. "I am really happy with that run in the K1 and with the second place," Jess told reporters in France overnight.
It was a really tight race, a tough course and a tough weekend with the C1, too. But I am really happy with the way that I paddled and to finish the World Cup series in second in the K1 [first in the C1] and it motivates me and encourages me for the world championships in a month.
The World Championships will be held from September 16-20.