Aussie Olympian hospitalised after flight home from Tokyo

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Australia's Daniel Watkins competes in the canoe slalom at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Australian canoe competitor Daniel Watkins suffered a 'minor medical episode' on his flight back home from the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo by Igor Kralj/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)

Daniel Watkins' trip home from the Tokyo Olympics was perhaps more dramatic than the Australian canoeing star would have liked.

The 25-year-old was taken straight to hospital after arriving back in Australia on Saturday morning, after having a 'minor medical incident' on his flight home from Tokyo.

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Now in hotel quarantine for the next two weeks, Watkins is reportedly fine, however no details about the nature of the incident we given.

Strict COVID-19 measures mean athletes must leave Japan within 48 hours of their sporting commitments concluding at the Games.

"Slalom canoeist Daniel Watkins suffered a minor medical incident on his return flight into Sydney from Tokyo yesterday morning," a statement from the Australian Olympic Committee read.

"He was taken to hospital and later released into hotel quarantine."

The 25-year-old captured the nation's imagination when he qualified second fastest for the C1 canoe slalom final, in which he finished ninth.

Watkins finished ninth in the C1 canoe final, despite having qualified with a superior time in the semi-final.

Had he turned in a repeat performance in the final, Watkins was in the frame for a potential silver medal.

Australia earned two medals from the various canoe and kayak slalom events, with superstar Jess Fox picking up gold in the former and bronze in the latter.

Jess Fox fulfils dream after winning gold at Olympics

Jessica Fox has achieved a lifelong dream after she won gold in the C1 event at the Tokyo Olympics.

The World No.1 missed out on the K1 gold, after finishing in third, on Tuesday and appeared gutted.

But after recording the fastest semi-final heat in the C1 on Thursday, Fox started on fire during the finals.

With a determined look on her face, Fox powered home and finished with the fastest time of 105.04 and was three seconds ahead of silver medalist Mallory Franklin.

Fox crossed the line and broke into tears after the seven-time world champion finally grabbed gold after a silver medal in London and bronze in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Fox was visibly gutted after topping the semi-finals in the K1 earlier in the week, but incurring penalties in the final run and finishing in third.

But, the Australian put the disappointment of not winning gold behind her as she looked forward to the first ever C1 event in the Olympics.

And Fox showed why she is considered the best in the world after a dominant semi-final and final run, resulting in a gold medal.

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