2013 C1W World Cup champion Jess Fox
ICF Slalom World Cup 5 (Bratislava, SVK)
Photograph:Balint Vekassy (ICF)
The 2013 ICF canoe slalom World Cup season has come to a close after an exciting final day of racing on a very difficult course in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The 23 gate course produced racing of the highest level with Olympic gold medallist Emilie Fer posting a phenomenal run in the K1W final.
The Frenchwoman won the K1 title in 106.54, 3.25 seconds ahead of Slovakian Jana Dukatova, with German Jasmin Schornberg taking home the bronze 0.87 seconds further back.
Unfortunately the final day did not go to plan for Fox, with the talented 19 year old finishing ninth behind Fer in the final after a string of penalties all but ended her a chance for back to back gold medals.
Fox’s ninth place finish provided local star and world number one Jana Dukatova the opening to overtake Fox and claim the ICF K1W World Cup series title on 211 points, five ahead of Fox, with Schornberg jumping Slovenia’s Eva Tercelj into third.
Fellow Australian Sarah Grant of Melbourne produced her best result of the season finishing just ahead of Fox in seventh, moving her up to ninth in the ICF World Cup standings.
Earlier Old Bonalbo’s Rosalyn Lawrence was unlucky not to reach the K1W final, missing out by just 0.01 seconds.
Since winning silver behind Fer at the 2012 Olympic Games Fox has never looked back, and will leave the World Cup series as the overall winner of the C1W after collecting four gold medals and a silver in the non-Olympic discipline.
Despite slipping to second in the K1 overall standings, Fox will be pleased with her efforts, particularly her performance in Tacen, Slovenia a week ago when she became the first female athlete to win both the K1 and C1 events at the same World Cup.
The Australian Team will now take a short break before turning their attentions to the biggest event of the year, the ICF World Championships which will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 11-15 September.
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