Jessica Fox (AUS) will aim to become the third woman in history to win back-to-back world titles when the opening heats of the K1 Women’s class commence on Wednesday 16th September at the 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships at the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre in London.

Fox, who is also won top honours in the C1W class at last season’s world championships, will be the last of 67 competitors to attack the technical course in London as the first batch of heats get underway.

Here are a few of the key facts to note from this increasingly competitive Olympic discipline:

  • The only women who have won successive world titles in the K1 are Ludmilla Polesna (TCH) in 1961-1963 and in 1967-1969 and Corinna Kuhnle (AUT) in 2010-2011.
  • Kuhnle can become the second woman to win at least three K1 world titles after Polesna (4 titles). Stepanka Hilgertová (CZE) can also achieve this feat as she was victorious in 1999 and 2003.
  • Kuhnle can give Austria its sixth gold medal in this event at the world championships, most of all countries if East Germany, West Germany and Germany are calculated separately as well as Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia.
  • Hilgertová can equal Polesna on a record five total medals at the world championships in this event. She last claimed a medal in 2007, finishing third.
  • Reigning European champion Maialen Chourraut (ESP) can give Spain its first gold medal in this event. Spain have won one silver medal (2009, Chourraut) and one bronze medal (2011, Chourraut) in women's K1 at the world championships.
  • No woman has yet won the world title as well as the European title in the same year in the K1.
  • Emilie Fer (FRA) can win her second world title as reigning Olympic champion as she won the world title in 2013. She can become the second woman to win two world titles as reigning Olympic champion in the K1 following Stepanka Hilgertová (CZE).
  • Hilgertová won the Olympic title in 1996 followed by a world title in 1999 and she won the Olympic title in 2000 followed by a world title in 2003.

16 September – Heats 11.15 am
19 September - Semifinals / Finals


Canoe Slalom