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Have you ever wondered how the world's top athletes repair their expensive equipment if it gets damaged? Well, when it comes to kayaking, a bit of latex can do the trick. Have a look for yourself:
Jessica Fox is an Australian athlete who has been competing at this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo.
And this week, the 27-year-old claimed a bronze medal in the K1 canoe slalom final, having blasted through her semi-final with the fastest time.
But while you might think athletes such as her will spend thousands on repairing damaged kit ahead of a big race, the opposite is true.
Fox revealed that she has been using condoms to plaster over her bumps and scrapes.
In a video posted to TikTok, and shared again on Instagram, a man can be seen moulding what appears to be some kind of black putty around the damaged nose of her vessel.
He then takes a condom and stretches it out and places it over the nose to secure the putty that's been applied.
And that's that. Not quite what you'd have expected from a three-time world champion, is it?
Speaking ahead of her K1 final, Fox said the weather in Japan had made life really difficult out on the water.
She said: "It is like a bath. It is like paddling in bathwater.
"It is beautiful, it is an amazing venue, but the water is really quite warm, so it is all about the ice baths and the ice towels and as much ice as possible.
"I mean it gets pretty warm in Penrith in Australia, but this is the warmest by far, for me."
Speaking of condoms, though, rumours had been flying around ahead of the games that 'anti-sex' beds had been installed in the athlete's village by the International Olympic Committee.
Athletes have been kipping on beds made from recycled cardboard, and it was reported they were designed to break during sex, thus preventing the spread of Covid-19.
The speculation began when US runner Paul Chelimo tweeted: "Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes.
"Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports."
However, Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan promptly set the record straight and called out the 'fake news', demonstrating the durability of his bed by jumping up and down on it.
In a video shared on Twitter, the 21-year-old said: "In today's episode of fake news at the Olympic Games, the beds are meant to be 'anti-sex'.
"They're made out of cardboard, yes. But apparently they're meant to break at any sudden movements.
"It's fake - fake news."
Featured Image Credit: PA
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