Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    Olympic canoeist shows how a condom helped her repair her kayak

    Australian canoeist Jess Fox has revealed how a condom helped to repair her damaged kayak at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

    The 27-year-old took home bronze on Tuesday in the K1 final with a time of 106.73, agonisingly close to Germany’s Ricarda Funk who won gold with a time of 105.50.

    Fox took to Instagram to show how a carbon mixture is first placed on the kayak’s damaged nose.

    @jessfoxcanoeHow kayakers use condoms 😂🤷🏽‍♀️ ##kayaktips ##hacksandtips ##diy ##carbonrepair ##carbon ##tokyo2020 ##olympicgames

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    A condom is then used to hold the mixture in place and give it a “smooth finish”.

    Jess Fox showed how a condom was used to repair her kayak. Jess Fox showed how a condom was used to repair her kayak. Credit: jessfox94/Instagram

    Later on Thursday, Fox claimed her first Olympic gold medal in the C1 canoe slalom final.

    She stormed home to a time of 105.04, clear of silver by more than a full three seconds.

    Germany’s Andrea Herzog took bronze.

    It marks Jess’ first gold and Australia’s eighth in the 2020 Games.

    Jess’ dad Richard, a member of Channel 7’s commentary team, could only muster a “wow” in the moments after her win.

    “That was beautiful, that was wild,” he said after a couple of deep breaths.

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