ICFmedia
29 September 2018

Tears flow as Fox and Anton win emotional world titles in Rio

Australia’s Jessica Fox won her sixth individual canoe slalom title, successfully defended her 2017 K1 world crown, and became the most successful individual paddler in the history of the sport on an emotional day at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Rio.

Germany’s Franz Anton won his first C1 men’s title, and paid tribute to his friend Stefan Henze, who died in a car accident at the Rio Olympics two years ago.

Fox had qualified sixth fastest for the K1 final, and watched on as the top five qualifiers all failed to top her 102.06. She said her win was some compensation for the disappointment of finishing third at the Rio Olympics.

“I’m quite emotional and shocked,” Fox said.

“I had a great run until I got to the bottom section and than it almost fell apart. I’m just so happy I was able to hold it together and escape what could have been a terrible mistake.

“With Rio I felt like I had a bit of unfinished business after the Olympics, I left a bit frustrated with my paddling. I just wanted to come here and be free and really unleash in that final.

“I can’t say I look at the statistics, I’m just here to do what I can do. I hope six world titles is not the end of my journey, I’m feeling like I’m at my best and hopefully can keep going that way.”

Great Britain’s Mallory Franklin took the silver in 104.34, and Germany’s Ricarda Funk, with a two-second penalty, was third in 105.32.

Franz Anton fought back the tears after hanging on to win gold in the men’s C1, revealing later that it was the memory of German coach Stefan Henze which drove him to victory.

“We lost Stefan here two years ago, and this is something I always have with me,” Anton said.

“It was great that he could be here with me on this run and that I could be fast. His last day was the final day of our C2 run, and after he was gone. This was the memory when I went back home, so it’s great that I could come back here and win the medal.

“He was a good friend, we are a team and everyone knows each other. We have such great emotions and memories.”

Anton posted a time of 97.06, with Great Britain’s Ryan Westley second in 97.94 and another German, Sideris Tasiadis, finishing third in 98.87.

Defending world champion Benjamin Savsek had two gate touches and finished seventh.

RESULTS

MEN’S C1

  1. ANTON Franz      (GER)  97.06 (0)
  2. WESTLEY Ryan    (GBR)  97.94 (0)
  3. TASIADIS Sideris (GER)  98.97  (0)

WOMEN’S K1

  1. FOX Jessica                (AUS)  102.06 (0)
  2. FRANKLIN Mallory    (GBR) 104.34  (0)
  3. FUNK Ricarda             (GER) 105.32  (2)

Jessica Fox K1 gold world championship Rio 2018

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