FOX STEPS OUT FOR ONE LAST WORLD U23 CHAMPIONSHIPS BEFORE RIO

Canoe Slalom / Jul 13, 2016

Olympic silver medalist Jessica Fox begins her final major competition before the Rio Olympics when she competes in the U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Krakow, Poland.

22-year-old Fox will be chasing a third consecutive U23 world title in the K1, and will also be looking for a third title in the non-Olympic C1 event, although she missed the medals in last year’s event.

It will be the final competition for Fox before she heads to Rio, where she will be aiming to go one position better after winning a surprise silver medal at the London Olympics four years ago.

Australia made a low-key start on Tuesday night to this year’s U23 and Junior World Championships, with only one male paddler in both the C1 U23 and K1 juniors making it into the semi-finals.

Daniel Watkins qualified straight into the C1 U23 semi finals after finishing 13th in qualifying, while Tristan Carter had to rely on a second run in the junior K1 event to book his place in the junior semis.

Jessica Fox will make her first appearance in the heats of the C1 on Wednesday night, competing alongside younger sister Noemie and Perth’s Georgia Rankin.