Franklin had qualified quickest from the heats, but she advanced to the final in sixth place due to a mistake she made on an upstream gate during her semi-finals.
While the four paddlers who went before her in the final all had dismal times, Franklin was effortless and quick from the get-go.
The two-second time penalty she received for missing gate 15 was her sole misstep.
Jess Fox Wins Tokyo Olympics Gold in C1 Canoe Slalom
Fox was heavily favoured to win gold in the K1 class at these Olympic Games, but she ended up with a medal instead.
With a qualifying time of 105.04, she easily won the final and the race by more than three seconds.
She finished the course without incurring any penalties or difficulties, in contrast to the K1 class when two hits of the gates cost her four seconds and a gold medal.
Mallory Franklin of Great Britain came in second with a time of 108.68, and Andrea Herzog of Germany won bronze with a time of 111.13, both after receiving a two-second time penalty.
Aussie Fox Makes History Winning C1 Gold
Jessica Fox, a canoe slalom standout from Australia, had a lot riding on the C1 after winning three Olympic medals but no gold.
Fox, a four-time world champion in the C1, has a chance to make Olympic history because her favourite event has been included to the schedule for the first time.
Fox was thought to have a hard time recovering from another misstep after she started as a heavy favourite in the K1 and crossed for bronze owing to a late blunder on course.
Her father Richard Fox described her K1 result as “shattered” in TV commentary. Fox, an Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medalist, was undefeated in this race.
She crossed the line 3.64 seconds ahead of Britain’s Mallory Franklin and Germany’s defending world champion Andrea Herzog.
There were two days of competition at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Course for the women’s C-1 slalom canoeing event at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
In total, there were 22 canoeists representing 22 different countries. Australian Jessica Fox, who has won K-1 slalom medals at the 2012, 2016, and 2020 Olympics.
Took first place in this competition. Silver went to Mallory Franklin of Great Britain, and bronze to Andrea Herzog of Germany. It was their first ever Olympic medal.