We preview the C1W event ahead of the ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships from 23-27 April.
19 year old Australian star Jessica Fox heads into the U23 C1W event as the hot favourite as the number one ranked paddler in the world.
Fox dominated the event on the international stage in 2013 winning gold at the senior World Championships in Prague, following victories at four of the five ICF World Cups.
The Penrith Valley canoeist will be looking to make it back to back titles but will face some tough competition from 17 other women.
Two of those women likely to rival Fox for a position on top of the podium are fellow top 10 ranked C1 paddlers Mallory Franklin of Great Britain and Czech canoeist Monika Jancova of the Czech Republic.
Franklin who is ranked fourth in the world coincidentally finished fourth at last year’s event in Slovakia and will be keen to move up a few positions in Penrith.
Other women likely to be in the mix include 2013 finalists Nuria Vilarrubla of Spain, Russian Zulfia Sabitova and Australian Alison Borrows.
The trio finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively last year.
Borrows’ who is ranked 11th in the world will be looking to use her home course advantage and claim her first individual U23 World Championship medal.
The third of the Australian women to contest the U23 C1W will be Western Australian Georgia Rankin.
The 19 year old finished 12th in the C1W junior classification last year.
Fox and Borrows will team up with Rankin to defend the C1W Teams world title.
17 women will contest the Junior C1W event.
Last year’s medalists are the top three ranked athletes this year.
German Karolin Wagner, ranked 21st in the world, will be looking to make it back to back junior world titles.
2013 silver medalist Anna Koblencova of the Czech Republic, and Brazilian teenager Ana Satila will be looking to improve on their performances last year.
Satila heads into the event as the highest ranked athlete, 15th in the world.
Leading the way for Australia will be 2013 Junior C1W Teams gold medalists Noemie Fox and Alexandra Broome.
They will be joined by Tasmanian Kate Eckhardt to fly the flag for the home nation.
Fox was Australia’s best in the same event last year, finishing 11th and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of older sister Jessica, who won C1W junior event in 2012.
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