Finally a golden girl! Australian kayaker Jess Fox wins GOLD in canoe slalom – after silver and bronze medals at the London and Rio Olympics
Australia’s Jess Fox is back on the medal podium at the Tokyo Olympics, this time leading the gold medalist.
The three-time Olympian from the west of Sydney qualified fastest for the women’s C1 final on Thursday, two days after taking bronze as the raging favorite in the K1 event.
Fox, 27, previously won silver as a teenager at the 2012 London Olympics and bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the K1 event.
The C1 event will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo.
Fox’s parents are both Olympians.
Jessica Fox cries with relief after winning gold in women’s C1 final at Tokyo Olympics
Her father, Richard, competed for Great Britain in K1 at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, finishing fourth and a five-time world champion.
Fox’s dam, Myriam, competed in France at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics and as dam she won bronze in Atlanta in K1. She was a two-time world champion.
Jess’ sister Noemie, also a top slalom canoeist, was proud of her sister regardless of the result.
“She is a ten-time world champion and gold is the only medal missing,” Noemie told Channel Seven shortly before the C1 final.
“It’s the only medal missing from the family. Dad, the poor thing, he didn’t get one, even though he was a world champion too.’
“It’s such a brutal sport, as we saw in the K1 final.”
“She’s the last to go and she’s the GOAT of our sport, anything can happen.”
Earlier on Thursday, Fox pushed through the grueling whitewater course at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Center in a clear semi-final completed in 110.59 seconds.
Czech paddler Tereza Fiserova was second fastest, followed by Brazilian Ana Satila and reigning World Champion German Andrea Herzog.