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Jessica Fox claims canoe gold in Prague

AAP logoAAP 3/09/2016

Jessica Fox has rebounded from her Olympic experience, beating a world-class field to win canoe slalom gold in the C1 at the fourth ICF World Cup in Prague.

The Australian finished almost seven seconds ahead of the next best paddler, the Czech Republic's Katerina Hoskova.

Fox, who won bronze in the K1 at Rio, said the win justified her decision to keep competing straight after the Olympics.

"It's partly the frustration of unfinished business," Fox said.

"I hadn't planned on doing the last two races, but after Rio I decided I still wanted to paddle and race, plus I love Prague and haven't raced in Tacen in a couple years and that is one of the most challenging races.

Fox has a liking for the Prague course, winning the C1 World title in 2013.

While C1 was not on the Olympic program in Rio, it will be introduced in 2020 and Fox has indicated she would like to contest both disciplines in Tokyo.

Fox said she has not spent too long thinking about missing gold in Rio.

"I move on fairly quickly," she said.

"I have had time now to reflect on my race and I'm really proud to have achieved a second Olympic medal.

"Our sport is tough, and the weather conditions were pretty hard to deal with on race day.

"I feel that I was really well prepared, fit and paddling really well in the lead up to the race. I had no regrets.

"I guess my only frustration is that I wasn't able to unleash it all during the final and felt I had to hold back a little because of the wind."

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