Jessica Fox Kayaker

July 31, 2012 by staff 

Jessica Fox Kayaker, WHITEWATER paddler Jessica Fox produced a nerveless heat comeback to qualify for the semi-finals of the single kayak. After capsizing in the first heat run, the Sydney teenager delivered an impressive second run at the Lee Valley White Water Centre to qualify fourth best in the K1.

Fox, the world junior champion, needed a score of better than 110.83 but progressed through to the 15-woman semi-final, to be held on Thursday, with ease by producing a fast run of 100.33.

The daughter of former world champions Richard and Myriam, she’s now hoping to emulate her mother with a medal.

Myriam Fox-Jersusalami won bronze in Atlanta in 1996 when Jessica was just two years old.

The Czech paddler who took gold in Atlanta, 44-year-old Stepanka Hilgertova, qualified one place below Fox.

Spaniard Maialen Chourraut was the best qualifier with 98.75.

Fox, 18, needs to finish in the top 10 of her semi-final to qualify for the final on Thursday afternoon.

Australia’s canoe double team of Kynan Maley and Robin Jeffery also qualified for Thursday’s semi-finals with a strong second run to finish 10th in their two heats.
Jessica Fox Kayaker
The C2 duo took the last spot with a score of 107.47 – just 0.03 better than German combination David Schroeder and Frank Henze.

Maley will now contest two semi-finals in his Olympic debut after also taking the last semi-final spot in the C1.

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