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Fox wins C1 at Oceania Championships

  • Fox wins C1 at Oceania Championships

    Olympic silver medallist Jessica Fox has taken out the C1 at the Oceania Championships in Sydney.

Jessica Fox has won the C1 at the canoe slalom Oceania Championships in an Australian trifecta ahead of Rosalyn Lawrence and younger sister Noemie Fox in Penrith.

Despite picking up six seconds of penalties for three gate touches, world No.1 Fox's time of 119.02 saw the Australian London Olympics K1 silver medallist finish 1.24 seconds clear of Lawrence on Sunday.

Noemie, 18, capped off an outstanding start to 2016 by taking home the bronze medal in 121.54.

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The performances come ahead of the official national team announcement for the Rio Olympics on Monday.

Also in Penrith, Lucien Delfour's speed was his saviour in a thrilling head-to-head battle with Jaxon Merritt in the race-off for the third and final Olympic nomination trial after being locked at one win each in the best-of-three system.

With a potential place in Rio up for grabs, both paddlers left nothing to at the starting gate in the final and despite picking up multiple gate touches on his final run Delfour prevailed by 0.68 seconds.

The world No.3 was relieved to have come out on top.

"I am really happy, I feel like I deserve it," Delfour said.

Delfour finished 5.70 seconds behind London Olympic silver medallist Vavrinec Hradilek who won the final in 92.08, 0.09 seconds ahead of German Sebastian Schubert.

Australian Open champion Vit Prindis finished third in 94.48 as the Czech Republic dominated the final, filling four of the top five places.

Merritt finished ninth in 98.48 and the result should be enough to secure a place on the senior national team.

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