Women's C1 - Fox caps a great weekend
Teenage sensation Jessica Fox capped a great weekend with her third consecutive Womenâ€™s C1 title at the Oceania Slalom Championships in Penrith here Sunday.
After earning the right to be nominated to the Australian Olympic team in the women’s K1 class, and taking silver in the Oceania Women’s K1, she dominated the C1 final today.
Despite completing her run ahead of her Australian teammates, she threw out a strong challenge with a time of 115.20s.
Great rival Ros Lawrence pushed all the way in her run, but lost momentum in the final two gates to finish 0.3s behind Fox in second place.
Third place went to another Australian, Leanne Guinea, 118.20s.
Fox agreed it had been “a big weekend”.
“I was really drained after putting in a big one for the (Olympic) qualifiers, but it has been great preparation to compete against the best in the world,” she said.
“I have been studying for school right through, so it has been hard to juggle both, but the training has helped improve my concentration.”
Guinea said she had felt relaxed during today’s competition.
“It has been a while since I have complete two clean runs, so I am happy with today’s performance,” she said.
“Not having the pressure (of competing for an Olympic position) helped me relax and have fun.
“I need to keep delivering big runs and continue pressuring myself in training for further improvement. I am looking ahead to the next few years.”
Ros Laurence said she was happy with the silver medal.
“It would have been nice to finish on top but I guess I should be happy with my run. There was only one small mistake I will regret so I can work on it,” she said.
She said she felt the course had been challenging.
“It's pretty challenging but I'm actually glad it’s this hard,” she said.
“There has been a bit of discontent among the guys lately, they want harder courses and they think the girls can't handle it, but it's been challenging the guys as much as the girls.”