Joe Clarke Takes Gold in Krakow
Jessica Foxís perfect start to the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom season has continued, with the Australian making it four gold medals from as many starts by winning the womenís C1 in Krakow, Poland. The C1 gold followed a gold medal in the womenís K1 24 hours earlier, and a golden double on the opening weekend of the ICF season in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia.
Great Britainís Rio Olympic gold medallist, Joseph Clarke, had his best race since the Games to win the menís K1, finishing more than one second ahead of his closest opponent.
Fox picked up six seconds in penalties during her C1 semi, which put her into the final in fifth position. The two-time Olympic medallist had gate troubles again in the final, but her raw speed more than compensated for the four seconds in penalties. Fox was the only woman to go under 100 seconds, her time of 96.51 leaving her 4.53 seconds ahead of Spainís Nuria Vilarrubla, with Brazilís Ana Satila third.
The Australian also had the advantage of the best of the weather conditions, with strong wind and rain arriving near the end of the final.
ďThe conditions changed so much towards the end, I think I was lucky to go down when it wasnít raining, wasnít windy,Ē Fox said. ďI had a great run, a couple of touches though that I was a bit frustrated with, but it was a fast run and Iím very happy to win again. I feel bad for the girls who raced at the end when the conditions were really difficult.Ē
FOX Jessica (AUS) 96.51 (4)
VILARRUBLA Nuria (ESP) 101.04 (0)
SATILA Ana (BRA) 101.73 (2)
CLARKE Joseph (GBR) 76.93 (0)
KAUZER Peter (SLO) 78.24 (0)
PRSKAVEC Jiri (CZE) 78.70 (0)