Fox in battle with German rival for kayaking gold

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It was a comfortable start to Jess Fox's Olympic campaign today, posting the second-fastest time in the heats of the women's kayak slalom.

A time of 104.05sec was good enough for second behind Germany's Ricarda Funk, who clocked 101.90s at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre.

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Jessica Fox in action at the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty)

The first round was always academic for Fox barring an absolute disaster, with 24 of the 27 fastest qualifying for Tuesday's semi-final, and the top ten from there racing off for gold.

She'll get another heat run later this evening, but is already safely through.

Fox was powerful in a clean run, not banking any penalty time as she didn't hit any gates.

The 27-year-old is aiming to win her first Olympic gold medal after claiming silver in London in 2012 and bronze at Rio 2016.

Both of Fox's parents competed in canoe slalom at the Olympics.

Her mother Myriam - who is also her coach - won bronze in the K1 for France at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, while her father Richard represented Great Britain at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Fox has won multiple world titles in the C1 slalom event, which has been added to the Olympic program for the first time in Tokyo.

- with Matt Bungard

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