2019 Canoe Slalom World Cup Series Continue in Bratislava, Slovakia

Australia’s Canoe Slalom team kicked off the World Cup season last weekend with dual Olympic medallist Jessica Fox taking bronze in both the C1 and K1 events in London.

This weekend, the International Canoe Federation world cup caravan heads to Bratislava-Čunovoin Slovakia, with more than 200 athletes from almost 40 countries taking part in the second ICF canoe slalom world cup (21-23 June 2019).

Jessica Fox, the reigning C1 and K1 World Champion, finished the opening world cup of the Olympic qualifying season with a double podium and is looking forward to the second round after a challenging weekend in London.

“You earn your victories with the good paddling and last weekend wasn’t my best paddling. I had an amazing season last year and it’s hard to back that up but I’m feeling good and paddling well and even though I didn’t show it to my potential in London, I’m still pleased to come away with two medals and I look forward to Bratislava and have another go,” the current world number one said.

Jessica Fox - Photo Bence Vekassy

Tasmanian Daniel Watkins is also looking forward to Bratislava after promising performances in the men’s K1 in London and making his second ever world cup final on the senior level where he finished tenth. In Bratislava, Watkins will once again double up in both the men’s K1 and C1.

Rio Olympians Lucien DelfourandIan Borrowsboth missed the final in London in the men’s K1 and C1 respectively, but are aiming to make the final top ten this weekend.

“I was pretty happy with where I ended up and to finish 20th in London was not a bad start to the season, but for Bratislava I’m looking to hopefully being in the top ten,” Borrows said.

2019 is Olympic qualifying season with Olympic quota spots to be decided at the 2019 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Spain at the end of August. While there will be only one spot available in each class in the end, a key focus at the moment is to ensure overall team performances will secure as many quota spots for Australia as possible come August (top 18 men’s and women’s K1 and top 11 men’s and women’s C1).

“It’s all fun and games. We are all here to secure a spot for Australia so at the moment it’s actually that we are all helping each other out and it doesn’t necessarily matter who gets the spot, it’s just a matter of Australia getting the spot. So, if we can all paddle better at the Worlds by helping each other out now and then focus on selection after that it should all be fine,” Ian Borrows said about the pressures of Olympic qualifying and selection.

The Australian Canoe Slalom Team in Bratislava is completed by Noemie Fox and Rosalyn Lawrence in the women’s in the K1 and C1 events, while Tim Anderson and Steven Lowther will also contest the men’s K1 and C1 events respectively.


Racing starts in Bratislava on Friday (21 June 2019) with the men’s C1 and women’s K1 heats in the morning and the women’s C1 and men’s K1 heats in the afternoon.

Saturday will see the men’s C1 and women’s K1 semi-finals and finals, while the women’s C1 and K1 semi-finals and finals are scheduled for Sunday (23 June 2019).

See the race schedule HERE.

Racing can be followed live on canoeicf.com

Live results can be followed HERE

Bratislava is the second of four World Cups, followed by a World Cup final. The circuit continues in Ljubljana, Slovenia next weekend.

All of the finals from the World Cup series and World Championships will also be available on the Olympic Channel

2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 – Team
C1M: Daniel Watkins (TAS), Ian Borrows (NSW), Steven Lowther (WA)
K1M: Lucien Delfour (NSW), Daniel Watkins (TAS), Tim Anderson(NSW)
K1W: Jessica Fox (NSW), Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW), Noemie Fox(NSW)
C1W: Jessica Fox, Noemie Fox, Rosalyn Lawrence

AUS Race Schedule, Heats, Friday, 21 June 2019

Bib # Name / Event Local Start Time AEST Start Time
Men’s C1
33 Steven Lowther 9:23 17:23
21 Daniel Watkins 9:35 17:35
18 Ian Borrows 9:38 17:38
Women’s K1
28 Noemie Fox 10:24 18:24
15 Ros Lawrence 10:37 18:37
1 Jessica Fox 18:51 18:51
Women’s C1
8 Noemie Fox 14:23 22:23
7 Ros Lawrence 14:24 22:24
1 Jessica Fox 14:30 22:30
Men’s K1
19 Tim Anderson 15:17 23:17
12 Dan Watkins 15:24 23:24
6 Lucien Delfour 15:30 23:30

 

2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Season 
– World Cup 1: Lee Valley, UK, June 14-16 June.
– World Cup 2: Bratislava, Slovakia, June 21-23.
– World Cup 3: Tacen, Slovenia, June 28-20.
– World Cup 4: Markkleeberg, Germany, 30 August-1 September.
– World Cup final: Prague, Czech Republic, 6-8 September.

– ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, La Seu, Spain, 25-29 September 2019
– Tokyo 2020 Canoe Slalom Olympic Test Event, Tokyo, Japan, 25-27 October 2019
See the 2019 Paddle Australian Canoe Slalom World Cup Team here: https://paddle.org.au/canoe-slalom-athlete-profiles/

Jessica Fox kicks-off 2019 Canoe Slalom World Cup Season with Two Podium Spots

Dual Olympic medallist Jessica Fox has kicked off this year’s world cup series with two podium spots at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 in London (14-16 June 2019).
 
Fox wrapped up the opening canoe slalom world cup of the 2019 season with a bronze medal in the women’s C1 on Sunday, the same colour medal she also won in the women’s K1 on Saturday. See Saturday’s media release HERE.
 
Fellow Australian Daniel Watkins (TAS) also made Sunday’s finals and finished tenth in the men’s K1.
 
Jessica Fox qualified for Sunday’s C1 final with a second place in the morning’s semi-final, but two gate touches at gate 13 and 14 in the final and thus four seconds in penalties saw her finish in third place in a time of 113.62.
 
“It was a fight the whole way. I didn’t get off to a great start, between gate two and three I slipped a little on my paddle a couple of times in that run so I felt like I didn’t have has much precision and grip, which let me make a couple mistakes in some of the staggers in the middle,” Jessica Fox explained.

“But look, there was some good stuff out there and I’m really happy to start this way and get on the podium. Obviously, the British girls Mallory and Kim put down some flying runs and they looked to be unbeatable on their home course,” Fox added. 
 
Great Britain’s 2018 C1 team-world champions Mallory Franklin and Kimberley Woods took out the gold and silver spots after both posted a fault-free run on their home course in a time of 106.82 and 107.45 respectively.
 
It was a rare defeat for the four-time C1 World Champion Jessica Fox, who has had an unbeaten run in the C1 since the start of the World Cup season last year. 

 
“I don’t ever think of it as unbeatable. You got to fight for every victory and you can’t really get used to winning, you earn your victories with the good paddling and this wasn’t my best paddling. There were girls who were much better than me today and they deserve that gold and silver medal because the paddled extremely well on their home course,” Fox said. 
 
“I had an amazing season last year and it’s hard to back that up but I’m feeling good and paddling well and even though I didn’t show it to my potential today, I’m still pleased to come away with two medals and I look forward to next week and get to Bratislava for the second World Cup.”
 
Team mate Daniel Watkins is also looking forward to the second world cup round after promising performances in the men’s K1 on Sunday. Watkins started the day with a fourth place in the semi-final to make his second ever world cup final on the senior level where he finished tenth. 
 
“This was my second ever final on the senior level, so I’m pretty happy to be here for the first race of the season and I think this will make me feel more comfortable throughout the season now and be able to attack it more next week and hopefully get back into the final in Bratislava,” Watkins said. 

Watkins posted strong raw race times of just over 90 seconds in both the semi-final and final (90.89), but a number of penalties cost him dearly and saw him drop into tenth place.
 
“I don’t think I took too many risks, I just got severely off line and being a final I tried to not spend too much time correcting and getting back on line. I tried to keep the speed on the boat and see if I could make the moves from where I was and it was way too tight in the end,” Watkins said about his final run. 
 
“But I’m happy with a fair bit of the run and it was a good learning experience anyway. Apart from the section between gate four and ten (two gates missed) it was pretty much how I wanted to paddle the final and probably stacked up not too bad in the end.”

 The men’s C1 was won by Rio 2016 Olympic champion Joseph Clark (GBR) in a time of 90.35 ahead of Rio bronze medallist Jiri Prskavec (CZE, 91.21).
 
In other Australian results on Sunday, Noemie Fox just missed out of the women’s C1 top-ten final in 12th, while Rosalyn Lawrence finished 22nd.
 
In the men’s K1, Tim Anderson (NSW) and Lucien Delfour (NSW) finished 26thand 34threspectively.
 
The ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in London was the start of a three-week world cup series, with the next World Cup following next weekend in Bratislava, Slovakia (21-23 June 2019)
 
See all results HERE.
 
Sunday, 16 June 2019
 
RESULTS WOMEN’S C1 
  1. FRANKLIN Mallory  (GBR) 106.82 (0 penalties)
  2. WOODS Kimberley (GBR) 107.45 (0)
  3. FOX Jessica            (AUS)  113.62 (4)

RESULTS MEN’S K1 (Sunday, 16 June 2019)

  1. CLARKE Joseph      (GBR)   90.35 (0)
  2. PRSKAVEC Jiri         (CZE)   91.21  (0)
  3. AIGNER Hannes     (GER)  92.04   (0)

10. WATKINS Daniel    (AUS)   198.90 (106)

Saturday, 15 June 2019

RESULTS WOMEN’S K1 (Saturday, 15 June 2019)

  1. FRANKLIN Mallory     (GBR)    99.42   (0)
  2. FUNK Ricarda              (GER)   101.86 (0)
  3. FOX Jessica                  (AUS)   105.39 (2)

Overall Team Australia 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 – Results

Women’s C1:
Jessica Fox (NSW) – 3rd
Noemie Fox (NSW) – 12th
Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) – 22nd

Men’s K1:
Daniel Watkins (TAS) – 10th
Tim Anderson (NSW) – 26th
Lucien Delfour (NSW) – 34th

Men’s C1: 
Ian Borrows (NSW) 20th
Daniel Watkins (TAS) – 23rd
Steven Lowther (WA) – 47th

Women’s K1: 
Jessica Fox (NSW) – 3rd
Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) – 24th
Noemie Fox(NSW) – 26th

Lee Valley was the first of four World Cups, followed by a World Cup final. The circuit continues in Bratislava, Slovakia and Ljubljana, Slovenia the following weekends.

All of the finals from the World Cup series and World Championships will also be available on the Olympic Channel

2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Season 
– World Cup 1: Lee Valley, UK, June 14-16 June.
– World Cup 2: Bratislava, Slovakia, June 21-23.
– World Cup 3: Tacen, Slovenia, June 28-20.
– World Cup 4: Markkleeberg, Germany, 30 August-1 September.
– World Cup final: Prague, Czech Republic, 6-8 September.

– ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, La Seu, Spain, 25-29 September 2019
– Tokyo 2020 Canoe Slalom Olympic Test Event, Tokyo, Japan, 25-27 October 2019
See the 2019 Paddle Australian Canoe Slalom World Cup Team here: https://paddle.org.au/canoe-slalom-athlete-profiles/

Head to @auspaddleteam on Facebook for more athlete Interviews & race videos.

Jessica Fox Wins First World Cup Medal of the Season at Canoe Slalom World Cup 1

Jessica Fox has won her first World Cup medal of the 2019 season finishing third in the women’s K1 on day two of ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 on Saturday. 

Fox was the sole Australian representative in Saturday’s women’s K1 final after Rosalyn Lawrence and Noemie Fox missed out of the top ten  after finishing 24thand 26th in the semi-final. Ian Borrows and Daniel Watkins finished in similar positions in the men’s C1 posting a 20thand 23rd place in the semi-final. 

It was a hard-earned bronze medal for three-time K1 World Champion Jessica Fox (NSW) who ran into difficulties on the challenging Lee Valley course, but still managed to finish third.

Fox qualified for the final with a second place in the morning’s semi-final, but did not have the best day on the course that saw her win Olympic silver as a teenager in 2012.

“This was not my best run, so to get a medal is great and I’m super happy to get on the podium despite a run with a few mistakes. It’s not my best day but I’m happy to be on the podium,” Fox said after the final.

Jessica Fox - Photo Bence VekassyGreat Britain’s Mallory Franklin took out the win on her home course in a time of 99.42 with Germany’s Ricarda Funk following 2.44 seconds behind. A touch on gate six meant a two seconds penalty for Fox who finished third and +5.97 seconds behind Franklin.

“Ricarda put down an amazing run and an amazing time and then Mallory just topped that. It’s her home course, but I had a good time racing today,” Fox acknowledged her competitors.

“The conditions are quite hard, it’s quite windy, the course itself is quite challenging with gate after gate after gate and never any breathing space and for the C1 tomorrow it will all be about keeping the flow on the boat, being tidy, being clean and I’ll focus on that now,” Fox added with the C1 semi-final on Sunday in mind.

Sister Noemie Fox, who is also doubling up in the women’s K1 and C1 events on the Senior World Cup team this year, finished 26thin her first world cup semi-final in kayak on Saturday and is looking forward to the C1 event on Sunday as well.

“This was my first semi-final in kayak. I have not done kayak on the senior circuit for a long time. I did one race in 2016, but that was it. I find it hard to double up and do both, but I was really happy with my second run yesterday (fifth),” the 22-year old said.

Noemie Fox - Photo Bence Vekassy

“The C1 is my main event and the one I’m looking forward to the most. It will be a tough race on this challenging course. The middle section is probably the trickiest, so there’s a lot of time to gain and a lot of time to lose. It will be a good race day tomorrow with all our three kayak guys through to the semi as well.”

Losing time was also the challenge for Rio Olympian Ian Borrows in Saturday’s semi-final of the men’s C1, who otherwise put in a clean run and was happy to start the World Cup season with a 20th place.

“The course is pretty hard out there and everyone is paddling really well and there’s not much time to be made, but you can lose a lot of time on the course and I think that’s what happened to me today. I was a little bit too heavy on the front and my ups were really slow,” Borrows reflected after the semi-final.

Ian Borrows - Photo Bence VekassyIan Borrows – Photo Bence Vekassy
“I had a clean run and I was pretty happy with where I ended up and to finish 20th, which is not a bad start to the season. I’m looking forward to the next World Cup in Bratislava (Slovakia) next weekend and increasing that time and hopefully being in the top ten then.”
Fellow C1 paddler Daniel Watkins, who is doubling up in the C1 and K1 events, also ran into some difficulties in the semi-final, but will take his learnings into the K1 semi-final on Sunday.

“The C1 semi-final wasn’t the best run for me and I had a couple touches early on. The tail part was pretty good but then I lost a lot of time at the bottom. So it wasn’t a very fast time. But it was the first World Cup semi-final for the year so I’m just getting into the flow of racing I guess and learning how much I need to attack the run to make finals and I’ll learn for next week’s World Cup in Bratislava,” Watkins said.

Dan Watkins - Photo Kim Jones PhotographyDan Watkins – Photo Kim Jones Photography

“I have the K1 semi-final tomorrow. I snug through in the first run yesterday (Friday), so I’ll be off about mid-field which is pretty good. And it’s good to have a little insight into the course paddling it in the C1 so I got a few little pointers what I can do in kayak which hopefully will help me,” Watkins added about the K1 semi-final on Sunday.

The opening ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup of the 2019 season continues on Sunday with semi-finals and finals in the women’s C1 and the men’s K1.

Racing can be followed live on canoeicf.com

Follow results HERE.

RESULTS WOMEN’S K1

  1. FRANKLIN Mallory     (GBR)    99.42   (0)
  2. FUNK Ricarda              (GER)   101.86 (0)
  3. FOX Jessica                  (AUS)   105.39 (2)

Semi-final Start Times, Sunday 16 June
C1W: 
9:02 – Rosalyn Lawrence
9:44 – Noemie Fox
9:58 – Jessica Fox

K1M: 
10:39 – Daniel Watkins
10:57 – Tim Anderson
11:15 – Lucien Delfour

Women’s C1 finals from 12:03
Men’s K1 finals from 12:40

Overall Team Australia 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 – Results

C1M: 
Ian Borrows (NSW) 20th
Daniel Watkins (TAS) – 23rd
Steven Lowther (WA) –

K1W: 
Jessica Fox (NSW) – 2nd
Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) – 24th
Noemie Fox(NSW) – 26th

Lee Valley is the first of four World Cups, followed by a World Cup final. The circuit continues in Bratislava, Slovakia and Ljubljana, Slovenia the following weekends.

All of the finals from the World Cup series and World Championships will also be available on the Olympic Channel

2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Season 
– World Cup 1: Lee Valley, UK, June 14-16 June.
– World Cup 2: Bratislava, Slovakia, June 21-23.
– World Cup 3: Tacen, Slovenia, June 28-20.
– World Cup 4: Markkleeberg, Germany, 30 August-1 September.
– World Cup final: Prague, Czech Republic, 6-8 September.

– ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, La Seu, Spain, 25-29 September 2019
– Tokyo 2020 Canoe Slalom Olympic Test Event, Tokyo, Japan, 25-27 October 2019

See the 2019 Paddle Australian Canoe Slalom World Cup Team here: https://paddle.org.au/canoe-slalom-athlete-profiles/

Head to @auspaddleteam on Facebook for athlete Interviews.

Jessica Fox Returns to Scene of London 2012 Olympic Glory for 2019 Canoe Slalom World Cup 1

Canoe Slalom Olympic Qualification Season Starts at Lee Valley Whitewater Centre, Great Britain, 14-16 June 2019

The world’s greatest individual canoe slalom paddler of all time, Australian Jessica Fox, has returned to the scene of her London 2012 Olympic silver medal glory to contest the opening ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup of the 2019 season at Lee Valley, Great Britain from tomorrow, Friday, 14- Sunday, 16 June 2019.

The World No.1 spearheads Paddle Australia’s canoe slalom world cup team of eight, which includes her sister Noemie Fox (NSW), former World Champion Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) as well as Rio 2016 Olympians Lucien Delfour (NSW) and Ian Borrows (NSW). Tasmanian Daniel Watkins also returns to the Senior team, as does Tim Anderson (NSW), while Western Australian Steven Lowther will make his Senior World Cup debut.

The World Cup 1 in Lee Valley kicks off a big season for the world’s best canoe slalom paddlers, culminating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier, the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships held in La Seu, Spain at the end of September (24-29 September 2019), followed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Test Event at the end of October (25-27 October 2019).

Jessica Fox returns to London after a record-breaking 2018 season that saw her unbeaten in the women’s C1 for the whole World Cup series, taking home the World Cup crown in both the women’s C1 and K1 and wrapping it all up with double World Championships gold. Fox’s individual World Championships gold medals stand at seven now, making the 25-year old the most successful individual slalom paddler of all time.

“2018 was a brilliant year. I think it came down to great preparation, a great team around me and really enjoying racing. Each year is different and I’m sure 2019 will bring some new challenges and tough competition. The main goal for this season is to qualify for Tokyo, there are a number of world cups that count towards selection as well as the World Championships, so it’s a big year!” Fox said.

“I’m really excited to be back in London and get the feel for the course again. Lee Valley is one of my favourite courses and I find it one of the most physically demanding artificial courses as well because there are difficult features the whole way down,” Fox added about the course she won her first Olympic medal at.

Following the 2012 Olympic Games, Fox had her last competition at Lee Valley in 2015, when she won the women’s C1, the boat class that will debut at the Tokyo 2020 games and the boat class she remains unbeaten in after also taking home the win at the Australian Open and Oceania Championships earlier in the year as well as winning the class at the Pyrenees Cup a couple of months ago.

“The goal is to race my best race and get the international season started. Double gold – that would be the perfect weekend, but the racing is always tight and exciting and the competition is very high and getting better each year,” Fox said about her expectations.

“The women are pushing the boundaries and racing faster and tighter lines. The British women are consistently in finals and on the podium and I bet the British girls will be firing on their home course, so they will be hard to beat here at home.”

Jessica Fox, Noemie Fox and Ros Lawrence will all double up in both the women’s K1 and C1 events. In the men’s events, Daniel Watkins will also double up, while Lucien Delfour and Tim Anderson will contest the K1 and Steven Lowther the C1.

Racing starts at the Lee Valley Whitewater Course on Friday (14 June 2019) with the men’s and women’s K1 and C1 heats.

Saturday will see the men’s C1 and women’s K1 semis and finals, while the women’s C1 and K1 semis and finals are scheduled for Sunday (16 June 2019).

See the race schedule HERE.

Racing can be followed live on canoeicf.com

Lee Valley is the first of four World Cups, followed by a World Cup final. The circuit continues in Bratislava, Slovakia and Ljubljana, Slovenia the following weekends.
All of the finals from the World Cup series and World Championships will also be available on the Olympic Channel

Follow results HERE.

2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 – Team
C1M: Daniel Watkins (TAS), Ian Borrows (NSW), Steven Lowther (WA)
K1M: Lucien Delfour (NSW), Daniel Watkins (TAS), Tim Anderson(NSW)
K1W: Jessica Fox (NSW), Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW), Noemie Fox(NSW)
C1W: Jessica Fox, Noemie Fox, Rosalyn Lawrence

2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Season 
– World Cup 1: Lee Valley, UK, June 14-16 June.
– World Cup 2: Bratislava, Slovakia, June 21-23.
– World Cup 3: Tacen, Slovenia, June 28-20.
– World Cup 4: Markkleeberg, Germany, 30 August-1 September.
– World Cup final: Prague, Czech Republic, 6-8 September.

– ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, La Seu, Spain, 25-29 September 2019
– Tokyo 2020 Canoe Slalom Olympic Test Event, Tokyo, Japan, 25-27 October 2019

See the 2019 Paddle Australian Canoe Slalom World Cup Team here: https://paddle.org.au/canoe-slalom-athlete-profiles/