Britain’s Richard Fox held off countryman Melvyn Jones to reta
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) _ Britain’s Richard Fox held off countryman Melvyn Jones to retain his Europa Cup kayak singles title Saturday.
In other events at Holme Pierrepont, Myriam Jarusalmi of France won the women’s title, while American competitors finished 1-2-3 in the Canadian singles.
The event, staged at Britain’s national rowing center, was the second leg of a competition that included a slalom event on the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland, last weekend. The results of the two were combined.
In the men’s kayak singles, Jones clocked a penalty-free 2 minutes, 46.73 seconds, almost three seconds quicker than Fox. But the defending champion, who placed third in Dublin last week, finished well ahead of third-place Laurent Brissaud of France, and his overall score was enough for him to keep the title.
Jones, who placed fifth in Dublin, finished second overall.
In the women’s kayak singles, Britain’s Liz Sharman lost her title after picking up penalty points by hitting gates.
She led after the Dublin event but slipped to fourth, relinquishing her title to Fox’s girl friend, Jarusalmi, who was runner up last year.
Jon Lugbill of Bethesda, Md., won the overall title in Canadian singles after his victory at Holme Pierrepont, with Jed Prentice taking the runner-up spot after finishing second. Another American, defending champion David Hearn, was third overall. The three finished less than a half-second apart.
West Germany’s Frank Hemmer and Thomas Loose won the Canadian doubles’ title after beating Britain’s Alan Meikle and Colin Brown, who were fourth overall.
West Germany won the the Nations’ Cup, finishing ahead of France and Britain. The results of the Nottingham and Dublin slalom events were combined with wildwater racing in Norway and Scotland two weeks earlier.