Australia s Jess Fox uses condom to fix kayak, wins bronze at Tokyo Olympics

Australia s Jess Fox uses condom to fix kayak, wins bronze at Tokyo Olympics
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HALIBURTON, ONT. -- Australian Olympian Jess Fox got a little creative in Tokyo, fixing her kayak with an Olympics-issued condom before going on to win a bronze medal in her event.

Fox and Team Australia revealed her on-the-fly way kayak fix with an official Olympics rubber on social media on Tuesday.

"Bet you never knew condoms could be used for kayak repairs," the 27-year-old wrote in a video showing the repair on Instagram.

Fox used the condom to hold in place a carbon mixture applied to the tip of the vessel.

"Very stretchy, much strong," reads the post, adding "it gives the carbon a smooth finish!"

The kayak champion went on to win the bronze medal in the kayak slalom final on Tuesday, after qualifying with the fastest time. Fox hit a gate on her final run, resulting in a time penalty.

However, Fox rebounded on Thursday when she won the first women s canoe slalom gold, ripping through the rapids at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre in 105.04 seconds.

The womens canoe slalom is one of 18 new events introduced in a push for gender equity at the Olympics this year. It replaced the men s double canoe slalom.
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