Olympic champion Jess Fox has earned one of her toughest World Cup canoeing triumphs, overcoming sickness to paddle to a third consecutive K1 crown in Slovenia.
- Fox says she was “feeling ill” and “vomiting” before the World Cup event
- The 28-year-old said her victory came as a shock after a “real mental battle”
- In August the Australian will duel for more gold at the world championships in Augsburg
Last year’s C1 champion at the Tokyo Olympics was left emotional after she fought against the odds to another victory despite falling ill before her K1 final on the Tacen whitewater course in Ljubljana.
“Today’s been a bit emotional because it’s been a real mental battle,” said the 28-year-old, who is considered to be one of the greatest canoe racers in history.
“It wasn’t perfect, but often it never is. You’ve just got to keep composed and keep pushing. I felt like it was quite an ugly run, but the time was still solid.”
Fox had also vomited before her gold-medal-winning race in Tokyo but that had been down to nerves, rather than sickness.
Tacen is one of Fox’s favourite courses, where, nine years ago, she became the first paddler to win both K1 and C1 gold at the same event and where her father, Richard, had once also won the first World Cup race staged there.
“It’s one of my favourite courses I think, it’s really enjoyable when you’re on-line, you can get so much natural speed,” she said.
“It’s a very unique course to race on. I’ve enjoyed being here every time, so it’s special to come back.”
In August, the Penrith athlete will duel for more gold at the world championships in Augsburg, Germany, where she is tipped to add to her remarkable career haul of 11 golds at the event.