Jess Fox wins Tokyo Olympics gold in C1 canoe slalom

Jess Fox has won the C1 canoe slalom final at Tokyo 2020, to claim the Olympic gold medal that had previously eluded her.

Fox won bronze at these Games in the K1 class, in an event in which she was highly favoured to take gold.

She was the fastest qualifier for the final and backed up with a time of 105.04 to win the event by more than three seconds.

Unlike in the K1 class, where two touches of the gates cost her four seconds and a gold medal, she completed the course without penalty, or any setbacks at all for that matter.

Great Britain’s Mallory Franklin finished second in a time of 108.68, with Germany’s Andrea Herzog taking bronze in 111.13, both with a penalty of two seconds.

Key points:

  • Jess Fox completed the course in a time of 105.04, which was 3.64 seconds ahead of second place
  • This is the first time the C1 class has been included at an Olympics
  • Fox now has four Olympic medals; one gold, one silver and two bronze

“Twenty minutes before the final I thought I felt good, but then I went and threw up,” she said.

“I’ve never felt that nervous before a race.”

But she said it was an amazing feeling to be an Olympic champion.

“So much emotion, so much joy, so much builds up to this moment.

“It’s just incredible. I’m grateful to everyone who helped me get to this point, because it’s a really special moment.”