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Aussie Jessica Fox has achieved a lifelong dream after she won gold in the C1 event at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
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.
— 7Olympics (@7olympics) July 29, 2021
JESS FOX!!!!!!!! You are my freaking hero!!!!! So amazing!!!! 😭😭😭😭 #Tokyo2020
— Kurt Fearnley (@kurtfearnley) July 29, 2021
GOOD EVENING EVERYONE ESPECIALLY JESS FOX 🦊 🥇 #Olympics
— Georgie Parker (@georgieparker) July 29, 2021
— Tara Rushton (@TaraRushton) July 29, 2021
Jess Fox! Yes! THAT is the moment of the Olympics. A pioneer of women’s sport winning an event rightly added for female athletes this year. A 7-time World Champ and now a 1st Olympic Gold Medal at 3rd Olympics! No one deserves it more! Australia is very proud of you,Jess Fox 🇦🇺🥇
— brad davidson (@braddavo) July 29, 2021
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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