Australian Olympic bronze and silver medallist Jess Fox has revealed the unusual tool she uses to fix up her damaged kayak – a condom.
The nose of Fox’s kayak was in need of some urgent repairs following her heats and finals for the canoe slalom K1 in Tokyo where she won a bronze.
In a video shared to her Instagram page, Fox is seen filming a member of her crew covering the nose with a carbon mixture.
He then bizarrely stretches a condom over the top to keep the mixture in place.
Australian Olympic bronze and silver medallist Jess Fox has revealed the secret technique she uses to fix up her damaged kayak – a condom
‘Bet you never knew condoms could be used for kayak repairs,’ Fox wrote.
‘It gives the carbon a smooth finish!’.
Fox placed third in the final of the K1 event with a time of 106.73 – less than a second slower than Germany’s Ricardo Funk who took the win.
The 27-year-old from Sydney was visibly shattered after the event and buried her head into her hands.
Although she finished the fastest in the final, time penalties caused her to place third.
Fox filmed a member of her crew covering the nose of her kayak with a carbon mixture before stretching a condom over the top
But her dream of finally getting her elusive gold medal isn’t over yet with Fox to battle it out in the canoe slalom C1 finals later on Thursday afternoon.
She had campaigned hard to see the paddling event added to the women’s Olympic program.
A three-time K1 world champion, Fox is yet to stand at the top of an Olympic podium, winning silver in London in 2012 and bronze in Rio four years later.
Fox is pictured storming into the women’s K1 canoe slalom on Tuesday afternoon with the fastest time in her semi-final – 105.85 seconds
German Ricarda Funk finished with the gold medal, beating defending champion Maialen Chourraut – with Jess Fox in third
Fox comes from a family of Olympians with both parents also excelling in the K1.
Her father, Richard, competed for Great Britain in the K1 at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, finishing fourth and was a five-time world champion.
Fox’s mother, Myriam, competed for France at the 1992 Barcelona and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, winning bronze in Atlanta in the K1. She was a two-time world champion.
A three-time K1 world champion, Fox is yet to stand at the top of an Olympic podium, winning silver in London in 2012 and bronze in Rio four years later
Jessica Fox Winning run, K1 Women (World Cup Finals 2019 ICF Slalom, Prague – Czech rep.)
Watch Jessica Fox Winning run, in the K1 Women class at the ICF Slalom World Cup Finals 2019 in Prague (Czech rep.)