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Unstoppable Fox Creates History
Jessica Fox (AUS) proved unstoppable adding the K1 Women's gold to yesterday's C1 titl of the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championship finished in Deep Creek, USA.
The 20-year-old Fox already has a palmarès that earns her superstar status, but today's calculated, clam and devastatingly fast performance confirms her at the top of the sport in both the canoe and kayak.
"It feels so special and I'm so happy, speechless even, that was a great run for me," said the jubilant Australian.
"I saw that someone had posted a 114, so I knew that I just had to go out there and be on line. I felt that I got into a rhythm early on and I just managed to keep the flow, and to finish in the lead is unbelievable."
It as a mixed final with many of the favourites struggling against the powerful flow and tricky gate combinations, in particular gate fifteen; however, none of this seemed to worry the finals youngest competitor.
"When your last and you've still got your run to go everyones eyes turn to you, but I've had a bit of experience with it in the C1 often going off last in the final. I think over the last couple of seasons i've managed to translate that in to the kayak."
Fox continued, comparing the golden final run with her earlier semifinal.
"Gate five, gate nine and gate fourteen were probably the key gates that I could have improved on. I just managed to run the boat well in those ups and be a bit higher than in my semifinals, and then just running on adrenaline and hearing the crowd and my teammates cheering me on really pushed me to dig deeper."
This is Fox's third individual senior world title adding to a brace of C1 golds and a highly treasured Olympic K1 silver.
Brit, Fiona Pennie finished with a silver after an agonising wait following her impressive 114.97 from a third placed start.
Germany's Melanie Pfeifer finished third, exactly six seconds behind Fox.
K1 Women's team Finals
Gold - France
Silver - Austria
Bronze - Slovakia