Fox clinches world cup series

Jessica Fox has won the 2017 ICF Canoe Slalom women’s World Cup Series in C1 (single canoe). Photo: Balint Vekassy/ICF

SYDNEY’S Jessica Fox clinched the 2017 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Series in the C1 (single canoe) division by earning silver in the fifth and final round held at the La Seu d’Urgell course in Spain on September 9.

Despite the gold in Spain going to Spaniard Nuria Villarubla, Fox – the 23-year-old Jewish two-time Olympic Games K1 (single kayak) medallist – had done enough to finish first overall by winning three C1 golds in previous rounds, including a superb first place in round four in Ivrea, Italy, in which she beat her runner-up, Austria’s Viktoria Wolffhardt, by 10.74 seconds.

“It was a very challenging final [in Spain],” Fox said, ” but I’m really happy to take the overall [C1] title.

“I was consistently up there with the fastest times, which is a great confidence boost heading into the World Championships later this month in Pau, France.”

In the women’s K1 final in Spain, Fox finished second to Germany’s Ricarda Funk, securing herself second place overall in the World Cup Series.

Jessica’s younger sister, Noemie, 19, made C1 semi-finals in several rounds.