Australia's Jessica Fox wins first Olympics women's canoe slalom gold

彼女の手の届くところに歴史を作る金メダルを持って, 彼女はチャンスを逃すつもりはなかった.

彼女が打ち負かさなければならなかった時間に目を向けて最後から始めます, Fox shot out of the gate on Thursday and ripped through the rapids at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Center to victory in 105.04 秒, beating friend and rival Mallory Franklin of Britain by more than three seconds for the gold.

The women’s canoe slalom is one of 18 new events introduced to the Olympics this year in a push for gender equity. It replaced the men’s double canoe slalom.

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“信じられない, I’m so proud to be here today. I’m so proud of all the women who have raced here and been part of this moment. And grateful to all the women, all the coaches, all the people who lobbied for gender equality in our sport and have us here,” フォックスは言った.

And it was quite a comeback for Fox, who came to Tokyo as a heavy favorite to win gold in the canoe and kayak slalom. The goal of double gold fell apart Tuesday with a hit gate and time penalty in the kayak slalom final. She won bronze instead.

I think I re-lived my kayak race a million times in my headIt was very taxing. I had to do a lot of mental work over the last 48 時間, but it just shows I’ve done the work the last four or five years and I’m really proud of that,” フォックスは言った. “There was a lot of relief at the finish line. I’ve never been as nervous as I was today.

Fox showed none of that in the boat. She and Franklin came to the Games ranked 1-2 in the world and the final set up the showdown the sport expected.

Franklin went fifth in the final and snatched the lead with a run of 108.68 seconds that included a 2-second time penalty for touching a gate. When it was finally her turn, Fox was flawless. No mistakes. Even if Franklin had avoided any penalties, she still would have been second.

It was a really good run,” フランクリンは言った “She was better.

Fox said she was waiting in the warm-up pool and listening to the time each paddler posted, when she grasped the history-making moment that awaited.

“自分で考えた, ‘This is what I wanted. I wanted a great final,'” フォックスは言った.

Andrea Herzog of Germany won the bronze medal.

Franklin said she also is proud to be among the women’s medal pioneers for the sport.

For us to be able to come here and produce that kind of final, it just shows how far the women have come,” フランクリンは言った.