Gold and silver to Aussie paddlers
8 July 2013
CANOE/KAYAK - SLALOM: Jessica Fox has won C1 gold and Lucien Delfour K1 silver in a great morning for the Australian team at the third ICF World Cup in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain.
Fox dominated the final winning in 121.17, 2.85 seconds ahead of French paddler Caroline Loir with Czech canoeist Katerina Hoskova finishing third.
NSWIS paddler Rosalyn Lawrence finished tenth after a missed gate resulted in a 50 second penalty that all but ended her pursuit of a medal.
The win to Fox continued her excellent form in the non-Olympic women’s discipline following gold and silver at the first two World Cups in Wales and Germany.
Alison Borrows was eliminated in the semifinal finishing 18th, with 154 seconds of penalties all but ending her shot at obtaining a finals berth.
Lucien Delfour headed into the K1M final paddling full of confidence after producing the fastest semifinal time earlier in the day.
Only a freak fast and clean run from 2012 Olympic silver medallist Vavrinec Hradilek stood between Delfour and the top rung of the podium, with the Czech paddler winning in 94.04, 1.31 seconds ahead of Delfour.
The 24 year old can be proud of his result, the best of his career to date after he finished one place better than his bronze medal winning effort in Pau, France last year.
Earlier in the day Victorian Jaxon Merritt finished 35th in the semifinal.
Earlier in the day NSWIS canoeist Ian Borrows and Ascot paddler Robin Jeffery failed to advance to the C1M final.
The pair finished the semifinal in 25th and 30th respectively.
The C1M final was eventually won by Slovenia’s Anze Bercic in 99.67, 1.29 seconds ahead of Spanish paddler Ander Elosegi, with German Sideris Tasiadis was third.