Triumph makes history

JESSICA Fox has gone beyond her usual "gold, gold for Fox and Australia, gold."

The Penrith paddler and designated golden girl has created history.

She's achieved a world first.

Fox won K1 gold on a controversial final day at the fourth International Canoeing Federation World Cup in Tacen, Slovenia.

The 19-year-old held her nerve and executed a clean run under enormous mental pressure to secure her maiden K1 World Cup triumph.

In winning, she became the first female athlete to take gold in both the C1 and K1 at one World Cup.

The K1 was the event in which Fox had won silver at last year's London Olympics.

Fox won the World Cup in 117.60, 0.34 sec ahead of Austrian star Corinna Kuhnle.

"I am very happy to win my first World Cup medal in K1 and to do the double on Tacen is really special," said Fox.

"In my final run I got pushed around at gate one and had to change my plan and recover quickly.

"Then the rest of the run came together and was pretty controlled.

"I was really happy that I was able to stay clean and on line and improve a little on my semi-final."

Earlier, 24-year-old NSWIS kayaker Rosalyn Lawrence appeared to have won her first medal by finishing second in the K1 final.

But the ICF decided to re-run the final due to low-water levels and Fox pounced.

Lawrence finished ninth in the re-run final, 10.29 sec behind Fox.

"I had no idea what was going on, except my first attempt at the final was shocking and I really struggled with the first few gates," Fox said.

"I guess it was out of our hands what happened next and I was then given a second chance, and decided to make the most of it as I had nothing to lose.

"Obviously, it was very tough on those who had delivered the goods first time around, because they had put down really good runs and I know how I would be in that situation."

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