Gold for Jessica Fox

All smiles: Jessica Fox celebrates after winning the women's canoe final at the Tokyo Olympics yesterday at Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre. Credit: AP --
All smiles: Jessica Fox celebrates after winning the women's canoe final at the Tokyo Olympics yesterday at Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre. Credit: AP --

Jessica Fox, former Blaxland High School student, has fulfilled her dream by winning gold in the canoe slalom at the Tokyo Olympics yesterday (July 29).

Fox, 27, was instrumental in the sport being introduced as a women's event at the Olympics and is now the inaugural gold medal winner.

After winning a bronze in the kayak slalom on Tuesday, a race where she had been favoured to win gold, Fox appeared to tackle the canoe race with steely determination.

She was the last contestant to run the course and had to beat an impressive time of 108.68 posted by Mallory Franklin of Great Britain.

Fox ran a flawless race, clocking 105.04 to win the event by more than three seconds.

Afterwards, she told Channel 7: "To be the first Olympic champion [in the event] is incredible... I'm over the moon."

She drew a smile across her masked face with her hand, demonstrating her absolute pleasure at the result.

"It's super special... I was relieved, excited, overjoyed and proud."