Aussie Jess Fox powers to World Cup double

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Jess Fox has demonstrated her familiar canoeing mastery to annex another World Cup title, making it a golden double for the weekend at one of her favourite courses in Pau.

Yet the Australian is such a perfectionist that doubtless she will have been unhappy to have let a third gold slip away as she had to settle for a bronze in the C1 event on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Fox is recognised as the 'GOAT' of canoe and kayak slalom after a career in which she's won Olympic C1 gold, 12 world championship titles and now 40 individual World Cup races.

So for the Penrith paddler, nothing but gold ever suffices and she cut a picture of frustration, holding her head in hands after she'd failed to add the C1 win on Sunday to the K1 gold she'd annexed in dominating fashion 24 hours earlier.

Fox had looked in complete command as she seemed to be powering to a golden double at the French venue on Sunday morning but one big mid-course mistake when she missed a gate cost her valuable seconds as she had to double back.

Having been leading comfortably, she ended up finishing nearly five seconds down on Czech race winner Gabriela Satkova in third place.

She had time to regroup and ready herself for the 'extreme' slalom in the afternoon, featuring four-woman, head-to-head racing which seems to bring the best out of her.

After a close-fought start, Fox came away from the first gate in the lead and simply forged away from her closest Slovenian rivals Eva Tercelej and Ajda Novak to win easily.

"It was hard work out there," said Fox, who had gone through an exhausting weekend program.

"I gave it everything and was just so pleased to make the final - and to win was awesome."

The Australian goes into next weekend's World Cup finals at La Seu in Spain, where double points will be on offer, still in with a chance of winning all three overall World Cup titles at C1, K1 and extreme, although it will be a tall order.

She's currently lying first in the K1, fourth in the C1 and sixth in the extreme slalom.