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Fox bounces back for 11th U23 World Championship gold medal

23 July 2017

CANOE/KAYAK - SLALOM: Australia’s Jessica Fox has bounced back from heartbreak 24 hours earlier to win gold at her final individual appearance at the World U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.

On Friday Fox, a London silver medallist and Rio bronze medallist, was left devastated after a 50-second penalty robbed her of a certain gold medal in the final of the U23 C1.

On Saturday she showed her class, racing within herself to ensure she would snare a fourth consecutive U23 K1 gold.

“There are days when you can have great big lows, and to come around and get back out there, it’s what I love,” Fox said.

“This is 50 times sweeter that yesterday. Yesterday was pretty draining emotionally. I gave everything in that run, and afterwards I was very upset emotionally.

“Today I didn’t want to give the video judges any chance of giving me an asterisk or a 50, I wanted to be middle of the gates. I definitely had that fire from yesterday.”

Fox finished in 101.21, ahead of Brazil’s Ana Satila in 102.69 and Poland’s Klaudia Zwolinska in 103.61.

The win means Fox finishes her Junior and U23 career with 11 gold medals, achieved in just 14 World Championship appearances.

Ross Solly
Canoeing Australia

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