Australia's Jessica Fox competing in the women's C1 at the 2017 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Ivrea, Italy.
Australia's Jessica Fox competing in the women's C1 at the 2017 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Ivrea, Italy. Australian Canoeing

Fox firming for fourth straight world title

SHE already owns a silver and bronze Olympic medal but gold at the Tokyo Games in 2020 is an increasingly realistic prospect for Jessica Fox.

The Penrith paddler is emerging as a gold medal favourite in the new C1 class for women, which will be raced for the first time in Tokyo.

On Sunday she claimed her third canoe slalom World Cup event of the year in the boat with an astounding 10-second victory.

The win at the World Cup in Italy bodes well for Fox's goal of winning a fourth straight C1 world title in a month's time.

"I'm happy with my form but it comes down to the one race in September-October in Pau," she said. "I've done a lot of races, I've been away for five months, and now we're getting to the tricky end of the season. It's what we are training for, it's what is going to count.

"In 22 days we have the world championships and every race I race is going towards that. I try and learn a little bit from that."

In Italy, Fox posted a time of 100.83 seconds to finish 10.74sec ahead of Austria's Viktoria Wolffhardt.

Fellow Australian Ros Lawrence finished sixth.

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