Aussie paddlers secure three gold and one bronze at Australian Open Canoe Slalom
It was a golden finish for Australia’s Olympic canoe slalom paddlers at the 2020 Australian Open Canoe Slalom with Rio Olympian Lucien Delfour (NSW) and dual Olympic medallist Jessica Fox (NSW) making it a daily double, winning the men’s K1 and women’s C1 respectively.
It was the second gold for Fox over the weekend after she also took home the win in the K1 on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Daniel Watkins (TAS) added a bronze medal in the C1 men to Australia’s overall medal tally of three gold and one bronze to wrap up a successful 2020 Australian Open on home waters.
Two events were counting towards Olympic selection this month, with Lucien Delfour leading the ranks going into the final round at the Australian Open after his win at the first round of selections at the 2020 Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships in Auckland at the start of February (1-3 February 2020).
With the event also doubling up as the final Olympic selection event for Australia’s canoe slalom men, Delfour provisionally secured his Tokyo 2020 spot after qualifying as the only Australian for the top-ten K1 men final following a sixth place in the semi-final earlier in the day and finishing the event as the top-ranked Australian.
Daniel Watkins also provisionally secured his Olympic berth in the C1 men after finishing as the top-ranked Australian and finishing the final in third place.
Pending official confirmation, nomination by Paddle Australia and selection by the AOC, Delfour and Watkins are expected to join Jessica Fox, who already secured her Tokyo 2020 selection in both the women’s K1 and C1.