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Australia women win kayak gold at world championships


Australia's women kayakers have won their first K1 team world championship gold with a near-perfect run at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in London.

In in challenging conditions on Tuesday sisters Jessica and Noemie Fox from Sydney and Tasmanian Kate Eckhardt were one of just two teams to not pick up any penalties.

Delivering a clean and quick run secured gold to open their world titles in style.

It was a welcome return to the course for Jessica Fox, who won Olympic silver in the solo K1 as an 18-year-old at London 2012.

Spain, with a single gate touch, took second, while Great Britain had the fastest raw time on the course, but two gate touches saw the home nation relegated to third.

The same Australian trio had also contested the women's C1 team event, which they won in 2019, where a 50-second penalty for a missed gate left them 11th and last.

"Back in 2019 we won the C1 and four years later to win the kayak, and to be the first Australian team to win the kayak, is so special," Noemie Fox said.

"We all work together, push each other, learn from each other, and inspire each other.

"To be rewarded together like this is really special and to have an opportunity to compete and beat some of the bigger nations is why we love this event."

Britain, France and the Czech Republic also picked up gold medals in the team events, which features three competitors from each country racing down the slalom course together.

The Czechs won the men's K1 while the canoe events were won by France (men) and Great Britain (women).

Australia's men came ninth (C1) and 10th (K1) in the events, which are unique to the world championships.

The canoe slalom world championships, which also serve as qualifiers for the Paris Olympics, continue on Wednesday with heats in the men's and women's C1.