Olympic champion Jessica Fox takes third straight K1 World Cup title with win in France

Despite a two-second penalty in the final race, Fox won the K1 World Cup Final in Pau to claim the overall series title with a total of 290 points. The Australian is on course for a double in the C1 event on Sunday.

By Courtney Hill
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Just weeks on from winning bronze at Tokyo 2020 in women's K1, Jessica Fox has stormed to a third consecutive overall ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup title by taking the Final event of the series in Pau, France.

Fox started her quest with a fourth-placed finish in the opening race in Prague, but swiftly rectified it with two wins in both Germany and Spain, taking a healthy 38-point lead into the Final.

The Australian delivered in the women's kayak final race on Saturday, winning top spot despite a two-second penalty in the latter stages of the course.

A time of 106.74, 0.72 seconds ahead of Czech Katerina Minarik Kudejova in second place, was enough to clinch the top of the podium.

Slovenia's Ursa Kragelj finished in third, 1.54 seconds behind.

Her closest competitor in the all-round standings was New Zealand's Luuka Jones, who finished on 206 points.

Jessica Fox 'thrilled' and exhausted

"It is an amazing feeling to come out here today, to have some spectators. We haven't had them all season, it was really special to be racing. And to win, I am thrilled," Fox said to the International Canoe Federation (ICF).

"The whole bottom section was really challenging, it's where I made a mistake on that run, so I really gave everything I had. I had no arms left at the finish. I couldn't even see the time at the finish line."

Elsewhere, in the men's K1 final Czech Republic's Vit Prindiš finished at the top of the podium in the Final race of the series, and a first place finish in Spain meant he took the title in the over all standings with 263 points.

In second place, with 239 points and runner-up in the Final was Slovenia's Peter Kauzer, while Italy's Giovanni De Gennaro took third in the series standings.

Jessica Fox will aim to complete a golden double tomorrow (Sunday 12 September) in the women's C1, weeks on from winning gold in the same event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

And all of the action from the final day of the World Cup series will be across the Olympic Channel, and you can watch it live here.