Day two of the first ICF Slalom World Cup in Cardiff, Wales is underway with Penrith Valley paddler Jessica Fox getting Australia off to a great start winning silver in the womens C1 final.
The 19 year old finished 2.14 seconds behind Great Britain’s Kimberley Wood who won the gold in 112.57.
NSWIS paddler Alison Borrows appeared to have won her first C1 World Cup medal, but was relegated down to fourth after Brit Mallory Franklin successfully appealed a missed gate.
Rosalyn Lawrence also featured in the final finishing a disappointing tenth after failing to recover from a costly missed gate and 50 second penalty on the upper section of the course.
The men’s K1 final followed the women’s event with NSWIS paddler Lucien Delfour finishing eighth.
Delfour was unable to repeat his blistering semifinal time which saw him qualify second fastest for the final with a missed gate on the upper section of the course all but ending his chances of a podium finish.
Germany clinch the gold and silver with former World champion Fabian Doerfler winning ahead of defending champion Sebastian Schubert.
Experienced American kayaker Fabian Lefevre finished third.
There is still plenty of racing to come in Cardiff overnight with Melbourne’s Sarah Grant set to join Fox and Lawrence for the women’s K1 heats.
Fox will be hoping to go one better than her C1 result and clinch the gold in the same event which saw her grace the Olympic dais in London last year with a silver medal.
Ethan Hodson will follow in the men’s C2 heat where he will be making his World Cup debut alongside London C2 Olympian Robin Jeffery.
The men’s C2 and women’s K1 finals will be contested on Sunday.
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