Fraser Handily Wins Handstand Sprint, Toomey Comes in Dead Last

Athletes had to sprint from a handstand for 100 yards.

Event four of the 2020 CrossFit Games Finals seemed to be the great equalizer for some competitors thus far. Though Mathew Fraser won the 100-yard Handstand Sprint, Tia-Clair Toomey came in last place, trailing the winner Brooke Wells by 44 seconds. Justin Medeiros, the 21-year-old Games rookie, experienced a second wind as he snagged the runner-up spot with a time of 1:26. Here are the Handstand Sprint results.

Handstand Sprint Men’s Results:

  1. Mathew Fraser, 1:20
  2. Justin Medeiros, 1:26
  3. Noah Ohlsen, 1:39
  4. Samuel Kwant, 1:43
  5. Jeffrey Adler, 1:54

Handstand Sprint Women’s Results:

  1. Brooke Wells, 1:21
  2. Kari Pearce, 1:23
  3. Haley Adams, 1:24
  4. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, 1:40
  5. Tia-Clair Toomey, 2:05


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Handstand Sprint Highlights

Fraser completed the entire 100-yard Handstand Sprint breaking just once because, well, he’s Mat Fraser. However, Justin Medeiros employed a thoughtful strategy to secure second place. Every five yards or so, Medeiros would kick his feet down, regain his balance, and then drive back up to a handstand. The momentum he got from the leg drive helped propel him forward, and the frequent breaks kept him balanced and focused. Considering that Medeiros made a major rookie mistake during the Corn Sack Sprint, this was an impressive show of skill and smarts. 

In the women’s division, top dog Tia-Clair Toomey couldn’t seem to walk the walk in this event. Brooke Wells, who placed second behind Toomey in the CrossFit Total, completed the event four a full 45 seconds faster than Toomey. Behind Wells was Kari Pearce, which isn’t a shocker considering her gymnastics background and well-known core strength. 


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Despite her fifth-place finish, Toomey is still leading the women’s division by 95 points — which is incredible. This is in no doubt because she dominated the first three events. Has the Handstand Sprint revealed a possible chink in Toomey’s seemingly impenetrable armor? With one event left in the day and two more days of competition ahead, only time will tell.  

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