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Canoe star Fox collects world cup title


By Melissa Woods in Melbourne
Source: AAP

Olympic medallist Jessica Fox has continued her stunning year by taking out the canoe slalom World Cup kayak final in France, also winning the overall World Cup crown.

After claiming bronze in the K1 event at the recent Tokyo Olympics, as well as a gold medal in the C1, the Australian star continued her winning ways.

Heading into the World Cup final in Pau, France, with three World Cup wins and a bronze, Fox had a handy 38-point lead over Germany’s Elena Apel in the women’s K1.

With Olympic champion Germany’s Ricarda Funk not competing, Fox was fastest going into the final ahead of Tokyo silver medallist Maialen Chourraut.

A heavy penalty toll cost Spaniard Chourraut, who slipped down the leaderboard in the final to eighth.

Fox completed a blemish free run to stop the clock 0.72 seconds ahead of Czech paddler Katerina Minarik Kudejo.

Apel missed qualifying for the final, leaving Fox the convincing World Cup K1 overall champion.

“I’m so happy with my racing this season; it’s been an amazing season so far and to win today and win the overall (title) is just an amazing feeling,” the 27-year-old said.

“The overall (title) is always a marker of consistency in the season. “It’s really special to know that I’ve been a contender at every race – I’ve been on the podium at every race – I’m always really proud to be playing for the World Cup.”

Fox can double up with the C1 World Cup final to be raced in Pau on Sunday (local time).

She also has the canoe slalom world championships later this month in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she will aim to add to her seven world titles.

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