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    Australia's Jess Fox wins extreme slalom gold medal at world championships in Slovakia

    The Olympic C1 gold medallist rescues a disappointing canoe slalom world championships in Slovakia by taking out the extreme slalom event, which will make its Olympic debut at Paris 2024.


    Jess Fox has salvaged her disappointing world canoe slalom championships campaign with a gold medal in the new extreme event.

    Fox took out the extreme slalom in Bratislava, Slovakia, after failing to make the C1 and K1 finals for the first time in her career.

    The 27-year-old Australian won gold in the C1 and bronze in the K1 at the Tokyo Olympics.

    The extreme gold in Bratislava was her eighth individual world title, a remarkable feat considering it was only the third time she has contested the event.

    The extreme event is a combination of all canoe slalom's disciplines and involves four competitors sliding off a ramp two metres into the water at the start.

    The event will make its Olympic debut in Paris.

    "It wasn't my weekend this weekend in either the kayak or the canoe, so I just wanted to have fun in the extreme and it felt great to be out there," Fox said.

    "It was exhausting, mentally as well, because I had good runs and it just comes down to centimetres and a tiny bit of precision, and it's a huge penalty and you're out."

    The world championship was Fox's final competition of a busy season.

    After an agonising near-miss in the K1 final in Tokyo Olympics, Fox snared her first Olympic gold medal two days later in the C1 class.

    Fox also won the K1 World Cup title earlier this month and was second in the C1.

    "I've had an amazing season, and this is a great way to finish," Fox said.

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