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Condom used to repair canoe at Tokyo Olympics

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Jessica Fox of Australia competes in the Women's C1 of the Canoe Slalom at the 2020 Summer Olympics, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Jessica Fox of Australia competes in the Women's C1 of the Canoe Slalom at the 2020 Summer Olympics, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
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Australian canoeist Jessica Fox found a perfectly stretchy, waterproof material for a boat repair at the Tokyo Olympics: a condom.

Fox, who won a bronze medal in women’s kayak slalom and gold in the canoe slalom, posted a video on social media this week of someone making repairs to the nose of her boat.

First, a gooey carbon mixture is applied before the condom is used to secure it in place.

"Bet you never knew condoms could be used for canoe repairs," she wrote, adding: "Very stretchy. Much strong."

The 27-year-old Fox is the world’s top-ranked paddler in canoe and kayak and won the first women’s canoe slalom race in Olympic history.