Olympic canoe slalom: France’s Fer paddles to kayak gold

August 3rd, 2012 - 1:30 am ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Emilie Fer of France won the Olympic gold medal in the women’s kayak slalom Thursday.

Fer, a 2006 World Champion, stole the gold from 18-year-old Australian Jessica Fox after completing the course 0.6 seconds faster.

“I have some difficulty realising what has happened. I took some risks because I had nothing to lose and I knew I needed to go fast,” Fer said.

“I’m delighted for France and for myself.”

Fox, whose mother won a bronze in Atlanta in 1996, was ecstatic with second place.

“I’m only 18 and I’ve had such a great season so far and to cap it off with a silver medal at the Olympics is just a dream come true.”

Maialen Chourraut, the 2009 world silver medallist champion from Spain, took the bronze one second off Fer’s time.

“This is the medal that I needed. This is for Spain,” Chourraut said.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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