Olympic gold medalist Jessica Fox continued her golden form in the new year, winning the women’s kayak final at the 2022 ICF Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships in western Sydney.
Following its brilliant 2021 season, Fox has managed to build momentum into the new year, kicking off 2022 successfully at Penrith Whitewater Stadium.
The first opportunity to run at home in nearly 12 months, Fox said it was good to be back.
“It’s good to be back racing, it’s a bit sad that we don’t have any internationals here this year, or even our New Zealand neighbors,” Fox said.
“So it doesn’t really feel like an international race, but it’s always good to be on the starting line and training like it is, and pushing yourself to get that mindset back. .
“The course was quite difficult, very physically demanding and quite long, so I was exhausted at the end, but I’m happy that I was able to get the win,” she said.
His Tokyo teammate and two-time Olympian Lucien Delfour stood out in the men’s kayak field, winning the gold medal.
“It’s a good result after what felt stressful for a few days before this event,” said Delfour.
“But it’s always a good feeling to get a win, and it was great to see so many promising young paddlers in the final today.
“No matter what your level of paddler, it’s never easy to head for a selection event.
“There’s not much to win, and a lot to lose, so it feels good to have a good race, and I’m really proud that I was able to do that today,” said Delfour.
Although he missed some of his international competitors, Delfour said he was also delighted to have the opportunity to race in Australia again.
“We just have to remember to be grateful that we can actually race. We take that for granted sometimes, and just the fact that we can put on an event like this is just amazing.
Australian Associated Press