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Clean canoe run has Fox back in hunt for elusive gold

Olympics

Australia’s Jessica Fox has put her kayak slalom Olympic gold medal disappointment behind her kick-off her canoe qualification rounds in style in Tokyo.

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\Fox was hot favourite for the K1 gold medal on Tuesday but a late penalty saw her relegated to another bronze, after the same result in Rio and a silver medal in London.

The 27-year-old on Wednesday laid down the fastest time on the whitewater course, this time using a single-bladed paddle, but two early errors again cost her.

Adding four seconds to her time for hitting the two gates at the top of the run, Fox finished ranked second behind British paddler Mallory Franklin.

All 22 athletes will have a second run with 18 going through to the semi-finals.

The C1 is a new event in Tokyo, adding to the schedule in place of a men’s C2 to give the sport gender parity.

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