Australia takes gold in first-ever women’s canoe slalom at Tokyo Olympics

Jessica Fox of Australia competes in the Women's C1 heats of the Canoe Slalom at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth).

Australia’s Jessica Fox won gold in the first ever Olympic women’s canoe slalom on Thursday, adding to a kayak slalom bronze earlier this week, with a near flawless run down a challenging white water course in Tokyo.

Britain’s Mallory Franklin won silver, her first Olympic medal, with reigning world champion Germany’s Andrea Herzog taking the bronze.

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Fox arrived in Tokyo looking for gold in both the canoe and kayak, but that dream was shattered on Tuesday when two pole strikes earned her a four second penalty.

On Thursday she held her nerve to power through the finishing line with no time penalties, slapping the water in celebration when she realized she was the first women’s canoe slalom Olympic champion.

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(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Hugh Lawson & Shri Navaratnam)

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