Fox overcomes heartbreak to claim first gold

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Australia's Jess Fox has bounced backmost from her heartbreak successful the K1 slalom, claiming a golden medal successful the C1 event.

The 27-year-old went into the last arsenic the red-hot favourite, having comfortably acceptable the fastest clip successful the semi-finals.

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But arsenic she recovered retired connected Tuesday, the semi-finals number for thing erstwhile the medals are handed out. After having had to settee for Bronze successful the K1, Fox was magnificent successful the C1, yet earning the rubric of Olympic champion.

Even her chap competitors were taken by Jess Fox's golden medal celebration. (Getty)
Jess Fox jumps for joyousness connected the podium arsenic she collects her golden medal. (dpa/picture confederation via Getty I)

Having won metallic successful London (2012) and bronze successful Rio (2016), arsenic good arsenic her bronze successful Tokyo, Fox present has a golden medal to implicit the set.

The past of the 10 competitors successful the final, Fox knew she had to amended connected her semi last clip to topple Great Britain's Mallory Franklin, who had clocked 108.68, a clip that included 2 punishment seconds.

But the seven-time satellite champion was flawless, 1 of conscionable 2 competitors successful the last who didn't incur punishment seconds, stopping the timepiece successful 105.04.

A aureate grin from Australia's newest aureate girl, Jess Fox. (Getty)
A quiescent infinitesimal for Jess Fox arsenic she looks intimately astatine the Olympic golden she's chased for truthful long. (Getty)

"I cognize it was a pugnacious mates of days, mentally, emotionally, it took everything retired of me," Fox said aft the win.

"To enactment down a tally that I was truthful arrogant of, I'm implicit the moon."

Just 48 hours agone Fox had felt the despair of having what seemed a definite golden medal ripped from her grasp, aft starting the K1 last arsenic the favourite, but 2 penalties meant she had to settee for the bronze.

Overjoyed arsenic she yet claimed that elusive gold. (Getty)
Jessica Fox indicates she's wearing a large grin nether her disguise arsenic she accepts her golden medal. (dpa/picture confederation via Getty I)

"We speech astir pressure, but what happened successful the K1 last shattered her," her father, Richard, himself a erstwhile Olympian, said connected Seven.

"I'm conscionable truthful blessed for her, to present that performance, astatine that level, successful that moment, it's truthful hard to do."

It's Australia's eighth golden of the Tokyo Games, equalling the full won successful some London and Rio.

Jess Fox connected her mode to gold. (Getty)

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