Fox and Satila out to end European dominance

Canoe Slalom / Apr 21, 2014

19 year old Australian Jessica Fox will be looking to use her home course advantage and win her first U23 K1 world title in Penrith this week.

In 2013, Fox finished 18th, a disappointing result by her lofty standards.

The London Olympic silver medalist will be looking to set the record straight.

The world number four will face strong competition from fellow top 20 ICF ranked kayakers Eva Tercelj of Slovenia, Frenchwoman Nouria Newman and Italian Stefanie Horn.

Horn in particular will be looking to go one better than last year when she won the silver medal in Liptovsky Mikulas.

British pair Bethan Latham and Kimberley Woods, Czech paddler Karolina Galuskova and Austrian Lisa Leitner will be others in the mix.

Representing Australia alongside Fox will be fellow Penrith senior paddler Alison Borrows and Western Australian Georgia Rankin.

Borrows’ finished 19th last year but demonstrated signs of improvement at the recent Oceania Championships.

The 21 year old finished fifth and will be looking to carry that form and produce a strong performance at her home course.

Rankin will make the step up from junior to U23 competition this year.

The 19 year old finished 17th in the junior classification last year.

33 women will contest the K1W Junior event.

Brazilian Ana Satila made her Olympic debut in London at just 15, now 18, Satila heads into the junior K1W event as the highest ranked athlete, 62nd in the world.

With another year of kayaking under her belt, Satila will be looking to improve on her 13th placing last year.

Defending champion Amalie Hilgertova of the Czech Republic will be looking to make it consecutive gold medals.

The teenager is following in the footsteps of her aunt Stepanka, who was twice crowned an Olympic champion.

Slovakian Paulina Matulaniova and Klaudia Zwolinksa of Poland will also be in contention after finishing fourth and fifth respectively in 2013.

Penrith’s Noemie Fox, Kate Eckhardt of Hobart and Eliza Singleton of Bendigo will fly the Australian flag.

Fox and Eckhardt both competed at the Junior World Championships a year earlier finishing 21st and 25th respectively.

At the selection trials Fox showed her potential at the Australian Open finishing fifth in the open K1W event.

In similar fashion to Fox, Eckhardt showed her kayaking prowess on multiple occasions finishing fifth at the National Championships and eighth at the Oceania Championships.

Singleton will make her ICF Junior World Championships debut.

Racing will commence on Wednesday 23rd April with the K1M, K1W and C2M in action on the opening day.

The C1W event preview will be published tomorrow.

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