Fox's incredible pre-race exchange before gold

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Newly-crowned Australian Olympic champion Jess Fox says she threw up due to nerves prior to her gold-medal winning run in the C1 slalom final in Tokyo.

After years of heartbreak at the Olympics, Fox finally nabbed her first gold medal at the Games, an achievement which eluded both her Olympic canoeist parents, Richard and Myriam, in their respective careers.

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Despite putting in a flawless performance in the final, Fox wasn't as ice-cool in the lead-up as she shared a pre-race conversation with her mother.

"Twenty minutes before the final I went in and I said, 'I feel good, but I just went and threw up' and that's never happened to me before," she said.

"I've never felt that sick and that nervous so [her mother] had some good words for me after that and it was just about, 'Do what you know how to do, be you', and I think we make a great team so I'm super proud to share it with her and she is my biggest inspiration.

Gold medalist Jessica Fox of Australia following the Women's Canoe Slalom Final. (Getty)

"To have both [her mother and sister] here and dad at home, I can't wait to show him this medal.

"It's always been a big part of my life at least since I can remember, so I just cannot believe we did it today."

"I don't think I watched like a coach," Fox's mother Myriam added.

"I was full of emotion as soon as she passed the tricky gate, I'm not like that usually, but today I think it was really special.

"It's [25] years ago I was hoping to have the gold and missed out and got the bronze, but she did it.

Jess Fox of Australia reacts after winning gold. (Getty)

"What is fabulous for us and for all the girls that do C1 is we finally did it and we are in an Olympic program. Jess was leading all those girls from a young age.

"In our sport it's not like 'you deserve it', you still need to go and get it and you still need to earn it because there's a lot of good girls out there."

Fox's gold medal sparked an outpouring of emotion across Australian sport fans on social media after she had been forced to settle for bronze in the K1 as well as winning silver in London (2012) and Rio (2016).

Australia's 14-time tennis Grand Slam winner Dylan Alcott took to his personal twitter account, declaring Fox a "flat out legend" after her win, and he was far from the only person to lavish praise on the country's newest gold medallist.

"Could not think of an athlete more deserving - an incredible athlete but an even better person. YES!" he tweeted.

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