The third ICF canoe slalom World Cup in Prague has come to a close following three days of racing on one of the worldâ€™s toughest courses.
Just two Australians featured on the final day with Jessica Fox and Sarah Grant contesting the K1W event.
Fox was the best performed of the two finishing fifth in the final behind German Ricarda Funk who won her maiden World Cup gold medal.
Funk spoiled the Czech party, winning the final in 99.38, 0.42 seconds ahead of local favourite Katerina Kudejova.
Six-time Olympian Stepanka Hilgertova continues to amaze winning the bronze medal in 103.20 which included a gate touch.
Fox missed out on a medal by just 0.75 seconds with a two second penalty for a touch on 17 ending her chance of a second K1 medal of the series.
Only Funk and Kudejova produced clean runs in the final.
Fox found it a ‘challenging course’.
“I had two costly mistakes that put me out of the medals,” Fox said.
“It is a solid result but I think there were really good parts to that run and unfortunately a penalty knocked me down the ranks.”
“I am learning from these and I am looking forward to racing in La Seu and then the World Championships.”
Grant finished 17th in the semifinal. The Melbourne canoe club paddler appeared to be on a good run before coming unstuck on the lower section with consecutive touches at 17, 18 and 19 ending her chances of advancing to the final.
The fourth ICF canoe slalom World Cup will be held in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain from the 1-3 August.
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