Australia’s Jessica Fox and Lucien Delfour both paid a heavy price for missing gates at the canoe slalom World Cup in Pau, France, overnight.
22-year-old Fox sizzled down the K1 course to post the best time of the final and, she thought, land a gold medal.
But she looked on in horror as a protest was lodged, claiming she had missed a gate on the run, and when the protest was upheld a 50 second penalty was added, dropping the Olympic silver medallist to 10th place.
Lucien Delfour, who will join Fox in Rio this year, suffered a similar fate in the semi-finals of the men’s K1, the 50-second penalty ruling him out of the final.
Despite the penalties, both Fox and Delfour finish the World Cup season in strong form and confident of a bold showing in Rio.
Earlier on the weekend Fox won silver in the non-Olympic C1.