Jess Fox has won the C1 canoe slalom final at Tokyo 2020, to claim the Olympic gold medal that had previously eluded her.
Key points:

  • Jess Fox completed the course in a time of 105.04, which was 3.64 seconds ahead of second place
  • This is the first time the C1 class has been included at an Olympics
  • Fox now has four Olympic medals; one gold, one silver and two bronze

Fox won bronze at these Games in the K1 class, in an event in which she was highly favoured to take gold.
Fox was the fastest qualifier for the final and backed up with a penalty-free 105.04 to win the event by more than three seconds.
Great Britain’s Mallory Franklin finished second in a time of 108.68, with German’s Andrea Herzog taking bronze in 111.13, both with a penalty of two seconds.
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Jessica Fox now has four Olympic medals to her name.(Getty: Adam Pretty
This is the first time the C1 class has been included at an Olympics.
Fox now has two bronze medals, one silver and one gold over three Games. 
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Fox’s father Richard Fox, working in the Channel Seven commentary team, said winning gold was a huge relief after an intense build-up.
“It was hard to steer clear of ‘Jess goes for gold’, it was everywhere. All the time.
“I couldn’t walk past a screen, screens every five minutes in the studio here and it would pop-up with the countdown, 10 minutes to go.
“So, it’s in your face.”
Jess Fox shows off her gold medal following her stunning victory in the final.(Getty Images: Adam Pretty
Richard Fox said Jess had delivered in spades.
“She embraced the pressure and delivered on it. 
“So it’s going to take a while to unpack, but I’m just so, so happy for her. 
“Especially just to deliver that performance at that level in that moment. 
“It’s so hard to do. So hard.”

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