Australia’s Jessica Fox has shown no ill effects from her Olympic experience, blitzing a world-class field to win canoe slalom gold in the C1 at the fourth ICF World Cup in Prague.
Fox finished almost seven seconds ahead of the next best paddler, the Czech Republic’s Katerina Hoskova, with Great Britain’s Mallory Franklin taking bronze.
Her time was 113.59, with Hoskova finishing on 120.52 seconds.
Fox, who won bronze in the K1 at the Rio Olympics, said she was glad she made the decision to keep paddling straight after the Olympics.
“It’s partly the frustration of unfinished business,” Fox said.
“I hadn’t planned on doing the last two races, but after Rio I decided I still wanted to paddle and race, plus I love Prague and haven’t raced in Tacen in a couple years and that is one of the most challenging races.
“I also wanted to get back in the C1 and catch up with all my paddling friends before we all part for the year.”
Fox has shown a liking for the Prague course, winning the C1 World title in 2013.
Her run on Saturday was error free, and moves Fox into third placing on the overall C1 World Cup table ahead of next weekend’s 2016 final in Tacen.
While C1 was not on the Olympic program in Rio, it will be introduced in Tokyo 2020, and Fox has indicated she would like to contest both disciplines.
Fox said she has not spent long thinking about her Olympic K1 bronze in Rio, which followed silver in London four years earlier.
“I move on fairly quickly,” she said.
“I have had time now to reflect on my race and I’m really proud to have achieved a second Olympic medal. Our sport is tough, and the weather conditions were pretty hard to deal with on race day.
“I feel that I was really well prepared, fit and paddling really well in the lead up to the race. I had no regrets. I guess my only frustration is that I wasn’t able to unleash it all during the final and felt I had to hold back a little because of the wind.”
Fox will contest the K1 semi-finals in Prague on Sunday.