Jessica jumps back into form

Jessica Fox winning the Women’s C1 final at the ICF World Cup.

WHAT a difference a week can make in elite sport. Jessica Fox was a picture of disappointment on June 17 after she and her younger sister, Noemie, both missed out on the women’s C1 (single canoe) final in the opening ICF World Cup round of 2017 in Prague.

They’d uncharacteristically accrued 50-second penalties for missing or clipping gates.

But the 23-year-old Jewish Sydneysider – a three-time women’s C1 world champion – responded in the best possible way seven days later in World Cup round two in Augsburg, Germany by winning the C1 gold.

Both Fox sisters made the semi-finals, but only Jessica qualified for the final. She then showed she is back to her best by putting in a fast, error-free display, finishing first by a margin of more than 10 seconds.

“People were a bit surprised with my results last week, but everyone makes mistakes – it’s about how you learn from them,” Fox said.

“I came here really motivated and pumped – it [the C1 final] was the run I was looking for.”

A two-time Olympic medallist in women’s K1 (single kayak), Fox missed out on a podium finish in the K1 final in Prague, and again in Augsburg.

“The speed was there but three touches [of gates] put me in 11th place,” Fox said. 

She wasn’t the only big name to fall short, with Rio gold medallist Maialen Chourraut finishing 13th and Rio bronze medallist Takuya Haneda finishing 18th.

All three are now looking to win gold in round three of the five-round World Cup series, which starts today.

SHANE DESIATNIK