John Gregory gives us a preview of the 2016 Olympic year.
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While we know women’s canoe is #Ready4Rio, we anticipate a vote by the International Olympic Committee after the Rio 2016 Games on the addition of women’s C1 Slalom to the Tokyo 2020 Program (along with women’s Sprint C1 200 and C2 500).
‘Olympic aspirations for the C1W.
Set to make its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – depending on IOC approval –2016 marks the start of the disciplines four year lead-in to the big time.
Currently topping the formbook is Jessica Fox (AUS) who has picked up gold at the last three ICF World Championships.
With much of the field is still U23 this really is an ever-improving discipline and achieving podium success will undoubtedly become harder to achieve as the sport advances towards the Games.
The 2015 European Champion, Kimberley Woods (GBR), her compatriot Mallory Franklin (GBR) and U23 World Champion Nuria Vilarrubla (ESP) are currently Fox’s main rivals.’