FOX AND FLORENCE REIGN SUPREME AT KRAKOW SLALOM WORLD CUP

Australiaís Jessica Fox has continued her rampaging start to the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom season with another World Cup gold medal on Saturday, while Great Britainís three-time Olympic silver medallist David Florence celebrated a long overdue return to the top of the podium in the menís C1.

Fox won both C1 and K1 gold on the opening weekend of the World Cup season, and then followed up with K1 gold in Krakow, Poland, on Saturday.

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But the closest racing came in the menís C1, with less than one second separating the top six competitors.

Florence, who was also fastest in the semi-final, posted 83.86 seconds in the final to just edge out Slovakiaís Alexander Slafkovsky, with Czech Michal Jane taking the bronze medal.

ďIt couldnít have been any better to be honest,Ē Florence said.

ďWe had the European Championships not that long ago, and I won the semi-final and then I just didnít put in a good run. Itís so disappointing to feel like youíre going alright, and to put in good races in qualifying or semis, but not to do it when it really counts.

ďToday, especially going off last, to put in another really good run, and fortunately good enough for the win as well, Iím so happy, Iím really pleased with that.Ē

There were three British paddlers in the men's final, but two of the biggest names in the sport missed out. France's Olympic gold medallist, Denis Gargaud-Chanut picked up a 50-second penalty for a missed gate and finished 28th, while Germany's Sideris Tasiadis, a winner at last week's World Cup, finished 19th in the semi.

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Jess Fox had allowed her competitors a glimmer of hope when she was only able to qualify 17th fastest for the K1 semi-finals, but then put in a sizzling run to qualify second fastest for the final.

She finished the final in 91.51, 0.89 seconds ahead of surprise silver medallist, Lucie Baudu of France, with Italyís Stefanie Horn finishing third.

ďItís such a difficult course, and quite hard on the arms,Ē Fox said.

ďI didnít go as fast as my semi-final, but I was clean and tidy, with no major mistakes and a sprint to the finish. Iím so thrilled to win again. I canít believe it.Ē

Germanyís Ricarda Funk had a rare appearance outside the top three. Although she was easily the quickest paddler on the course in the K1 final, Funk picked up four seconds in penalties to leave her 2.41 seconds behind Fox in fifth place.

Saturday's results mean Fox is a clear leader in the overall K1 World Cup standings. while Slafkovsky leads the men's C1 after consecutive silver medals.

RESULTS

MENíS C1
FLORENCE David                        (GBR)      83.86
SLAFKOVSKY Alexander            (SVK)       84.13
JANE Michal                                (CZE)       84.42


WOMENíS K1
FOX Jessica                                 (AUS)      91.51
BAUDU Lucie                              (FRA)      92.40
HORN Stefanie                            (ITA)        92.43