Toomey and Fraser Win 2007 Reload, Event One of the 2020 CrossFit Games Finals

Mathew Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey lead their respective divisions thus far.

Both Mathew Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey won the first event of the 2020 CrossFit Games Finals. Toomey won by 30 seconds, and Fraser won by eight seconds, with Games rookie Justin Medeiros trailing right behind him. Competitors had to complete a 1,500-meter row followed by five rounds of 10 bar muscle-ups and seven shoulder-to-overheads (push jerks) with 235 pounds for the men and 145 pounds for the women. Here are the results:

2007 Reload Men’s Results:

  1. Mathew Fraser, 13:07
  2. Justin Medeiros, 13:15
  3. Samuel Kwant, 13:38
  4. Jeffrey Adler, 14:03
  5. Noah Ohlsen, 16:48

2007 Reload Women’s Results:

  1. Tia-Clair Toomey, 12:47
  2. Haley Adams, 13:17
  3. Kari Pearce, 13:59
  4. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, 15:16
  5. Brooke Wells, 15:45

 

 
 
 
 
 
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[Related: 2020 CrossFit Games Finals Results and Leaderboard]

As the name implies, the 2007 Reload event is a callback to one of the first-ever CrossFit Games events. The original version of the event — called Hopper — had athletes complete a 1,000-meter row and then five rounds of 25 pull-ups and seven push jerks (135 pounds for the men, 95 pounds for the women). 

This version is clearly more difficult, but that didn’t stop Fraser and Toomey from having incredible performances. (Fun fact: Fraser actually matched 2007 Games competitor Brett Marshall’s Hopper time.) Toomey beat runner-up Haley Adams by 30 seconds. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Two other stand-out performances include Justin Medeiros, who trailed Fraser by just eight seconds to prove that he is a top contender for the title of Fittest on Earth®. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir also displayed some serious grit. Despite being in fifth place for most of the event, she snuck up on Brooke Wells during their last set of shoulder-to-overheads. Davíðsdóttir robotically completed her reps as Wells failed her final rep twice. She beat Wells by one rep and managed to earn 35 points. 

The athletes have at least two more events (possibly three) to complete before day one is in the books. We know what the next two events are — the Corn Sack Sprint and CrossFit Total. Will a potential fourth mystery event may throw a wrench into Toomey and Fraser’s dominance thus far? It’s too early to tell, but the Games Finals are unraveling quickly. Stay tuned. 

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