Kia Motors Australia ambassador Jessica Fox has set a new standard for excellence in women’s paddling by winning a previously unachievable double at the Canoe Slalom World Championships.
Over the weekend Fox defended her C1W world championship on the Deep Creek course in Maryland, USA, and then backed up within 24 hours to do what no other woman paddler had been able to achieve _ winning the K1W championship with a near-perfect final run.
The Penrith-based 20-year-old said the double was a dream come true and something “very special”.
“To win the double in both events, to have such a great World Championships it could not have been any better this weekend,” Fox said.
In the K1 final run Fox knew the time to beat was that set by British paddler Fiona Pennie early in the day. A meagre 0.01 seconds separated the pair at the first split before Fox executed the perfect run through the middle and lower sections of the course to win in 114.01.
That flying finish put Fox 0.96 seconds ahead of Pennie, with German Melanie Pfeifer taking home the bronze.
Asked how it compared to winning Olympic silver Fox responded, “I guess the Olympic silver was a dream come true a bit and I didn’t expect it in a way but this is something that I have really been working for the past couple of seasons, and to have it come together and put together such a good run in a pretty big final is really special.”
The historic double comes 25 years after her mother Myriam and father Richard won K1 gold in the USA.
“To do it 25 years after my parents both won at the World Championships is really special and I think we will all be cherishing this moment,” Fox said.
Since 2013 Kia Motors Australia has supported Fox with transport and funding for equipment on her road to the Rio Olympics. Fox drives a Kia Sportage while in Australia.
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