Herzog was assured of victory in the women’s C1, after reigning world champion Jessica Fox picked up a two-second penalty for a gate touch in the final. Herzog’s final margin over the Australian was 0.94 of a second, with Austria’s Nadine Weratschnig finishing third.
“I still feel really nervous, because I can’t believe that I can be a world champion and catch that Olympic spot,” Herzog said.
“I always knew that I could win a medal, but I didn’t think it could be a gold medal. I think I will need some days to understand what happened here.
“This has been a tough year for me, but I thought it would have to be a medal here. I just kept reminding myself that it was my turn, and that if I paddled well it could be enough for an Olympic spot.
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