Fox slips in front as Oceania K1 champ

JESSICA Fox won yet another title at the weekend's Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships at Penrith Whitewater Stadium.

That was only the world champion, Olympic silver medallist and Penrith's designated golden girl.

This time the win was in the women's K1, as she outlasted two German competitors.

Fox clocked 100.12 sec, including two penalties, to win by just 1.83sec.

Fox is always making news but this time she wasn't the main news.

Penrith teammate Rosalyn Lawrence beat and upstaged her, in Fox's favoured C1 event.

Lawrence has her own distinguished record.

With Penrith teammates, Fox and Alison Borrows, she took out the C1 teams event at the 2013 world championships in Prague.

She won the overall world cup title in the C1 category twice, in 2011 and 2012.

But in recent times Lawrence has lived in the wake of the prodigy, Fox.

Not this time.

Lawrence beat Fox by nearly four seconds to claim gold, as fellow Penrith and NSWIS competitors Borrows and Noemie Fox finished fourth and sixth respectively. The 24-year-old Lawrence had finished second in the past two years.

"I was really happy with the way I paddled," Lawrence said.

"And to see it pay off with a result is really satisfying."

On the back of a fast run to win the semi-final, Lawrence recorded a clean run of 109.56 sec to win the final by 3.92 seconds from Fox. Lawrence will now represent Australia in the K1 and C1 senior women's teams.

"I think I will continue focusing on the K1," Lawrence said.

"There are a few things I am trying differently in the C1 that will hopefully pay off but K1 is the Olympic event, so that is the priority."

Meanwhile, Fox claimed the U23 title ahead of Borrows.

Her sister Noemie won the junior Oceania final, securing her place in the Australian team.

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