Just two weeks after scoring a thrilling bronze in Rio, canoe and kayak world champion Jess Fox has returned herself to the top of the rankings with victory in the C1 in the penultimate round of the 2016 World Cup series in Prague.
The dual Olympic medallist stole a sensational victory to make it her second win from three of four events contested, her remaining result being a second. Meaning even though she skipped a round, Jess now stands third overall ahead of the fifth and final round this weekend.
“I hadn't planned on doing the last two races, but after Rio I decided I still wanted to paddle and race,” Jess said post race.
“I love Prague and haven't raced in Tacen in a couple years and that is one of the most challenging races.”
Things didn’t quite go her way in the K1, two unlucky penalties costing her a shot at the final. Regardless, Jess’s prior results keep her well in contention to take out the series should she win the final round at the weekend in Slovenia. And the victory in the C1 Prague was statement enough that Jess has set her sights on 2020 when canoe will join kayak at the Olympics.
"I move on fairly quickly," Jess said.
"I have had time now to reflect on my race and I'm really proud to have achieved a second Olympic medal.
"Our sport is tough, and the weather conditions were pretty hard to deal with on race day. I feel that I was really well prepared, fit and paddling really well in the lead up to the race. I had no regrets.
"I guess my only frustration is that I wasn't able to unleash it all during the final and felt I had to hold back a little because of the wind.
“Time to refocus and re-energise for the last World Cup in Tacen next weekend!”