STRONG START FOR FOX AND DELFOUR AT SLALOM NATIONALS
Olympians Jessica Fox and Lucien Delfour have made strong starts to the 2016 Australian Slalom Nationals in Sydney, posting the fastest times in their opening events.
Fox, who won K1 bronze at the Rio Olympics to add to the silver she won in London four years earlier, was the only paddler to go under 100 seconds in the women’s C1 opening rounds at Penrith.
Her 99.23 with four seconds of penalties on her second run put her 1.29 seconds ahead of fellow New South Welshwoman, Ros Lawrence, with Fox’s younger sister, Noemie, a further 0.39 seconds behind in third.
Fox will be increasing her focus on C1 events this year, with the discipline making its Olympic debut on Tokyo in 2020.
Delfour sizzled down the course in the men’s K1 preliminaries, his time of 82.84 on his second run putting him 1.37 seconds ahead of Tasmania’s Daniel Watkins, with Victoria’s Timothy Anderson 1.20 seconds back in third position.
Delfour, who missed the semi-finals of the K1 in Rio after attracting a 50-second penalty for missing a gate, was one of just a handful of paddlers who completed the challenging course without a gate touch.
In Wednesday’s other result, brothers Kaspar and Kristian Fiebig posted the quickest qualifying time in the men’s C2.
Event finals will be held on Friday. Qualifying runs for the women’s K1 and the men’s C1 will be held on Thursday.