It is her first overall World Cup title in K1, having previously won C1 titles but it almost didn't happen. Fox, who had been the most consistent paddler all season, picked up a 50-second penalty for missing a gate in the final.

It meant that she would miss out on a medal and finished last, her worst run of the season.

"The rest of the run was excellent and I'm really happy with my paddling apart from that error which was costly," Fox said.

"It's about getting it out of the way now instead of at World Championships.

"It's frustrating and disappointing but I think I've learned a lot from these races and can take a lot from this one as well," she said.

Funk, who scrapped through to the K1 final in last position, showed a glimpse of her 2017 World Cup season, clinched gold. However, it wasn't enough to defend her title.

In 2017, Fox finished 64 points behind Funk in second place with the previous season falling a similar way. 

Fox won the first three golds on offer in K1 and C1, which broke history, and last week clinched a silver before rain washed out the C1 event.

Fox will head to the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Brazil at the end of the month.