Fox shines in Tacen to win World Cup Gold

JESS Fox won an incredible fourth gold medal for the 2023 ICF World Cup season, on Saturday night in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with victory in the women’s K1. She later grabbed a bronze medal in the Women’s Kayak Cross, taking her tally of World Cup medals this year to five.

Australian officials will be thrilled to have had finalists in five of the events at Tacen, including Noemie Fox (4th) and Jess Fox (10th) in the WC1, Tristan Carter (4th) and Mark Crosbee (10th) in the MC1, Jess (1st) in the WK1, Tim Anderson (7th) and Lucien Delfour (10th) in the MK1 and Jess again (3rd) in the Women’s Kayak Cross.

Jess bounced back from a disappointing WC1 Final on Friday, where she missed a gate to finish at the end of the 10-woman field. An impressive WK1 run locked away back-to-back WK1 World Cup gold medals and continues her love affair with the Tacen course, where she has now won gold every time she has raced there since 2013.

“I think I have a kind of love-hate relationship with Tacen,” Jess said. “I can’t be mad at the course today, but I was definitely feeling it yesterday. It’s definitely been amazing to come back and race here, the crowds are always really great to be in front of, and the course is always challenging.

“We’ve had three weeks of back-to-back racing, which is quite tough, physically demanding and mentally taxing. This new program is pretty challenging, because there are no rest days, so I’m looking to a few days off”

Jess won the WK1 event in 96.22s, well clear of Viktoriia Us (Ukraine) on a time of 98.91, with Elena Lilik (Germany) just 0.01 seconds back in third.

She finished 3rd in the Kayak Cross, behind winner Veronika Vojtova (CZE) and runner-up Eva Tercelj (SLO).