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The Clock is Ticking — After Day Two, Can Fraser and Toomey Be Caught?

They may be down, but the other eight competitors aren't out.

After day two of the 2020 CrossFit Games Finals, it’s hard to imagine Tia-Clair Toomey and Mathew Fraser being dethroned. Fraser is leading the men’s division with 875 points, while Toomey holds steady at the top with 770 points. Both reigning Fittest on Earth® swept the competition, winning all four events on day two.

However, a smaller field of competitors means that catching up is easier. With only five athletes, there’s the potential for an 85-point swing. So nothing is impossible. As it stands, Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir and Jeffrey Adler are the runner-ups. However, Pearce is only 25 points behind Davíðsdóttir; and Samuel Kwant trails Adler by just 25 points. It’s close. Check out the overall standings, our day two recap video, and write-ups on each event below.


RankCountryNamePoints
1Tia-Clair Toomey1025
2Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir665
3Kari Pearce585
4Haley Adams560
5Brooke Wells525
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Watch the Day Two Recap Video

If you missed some of the action, don’t worry. You can get up to speed by watching our day two recap video.

Toes to Bar/Lunge Event Results

The first event of day two of the Finals consisted of:

30-20-10 reps for time:

Women: 24 kilograms (52 pounds) per kettlebell / Men: 32 kilograms (70 pounds) per kettlebell

 Toes to Bar/Lunge Women’s Results: 

  1. Tia-Clair Toomey, 3:33
  2. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, 3:37
  3. Brooke Wells, 3:51
  4. Kari Pearce, 4:13
  5. Haley Adams, 4:21

Toes to Bar/Lunge Men’s Results: 

  1. Mathew Fraser, 3:04
  2. Noah Ohlsen, 3:11
  3. Justin Medeiros, 3:18
  4. Samuel Kwant, 3:39
  5. Jeffrey Adler, 4:03

Toes to Bar/Lunge Event Recap 

The women kicked-off the first event of day two — Toes to Bar /Lunge. For most of the event, Toomey and Davíðsdóttir were neck and neck. That is until Toomey decided to drop the kettlebells directly underneath the toes-to-bar rig instead of on the lunge starting line. This veteran strategy allowed Toomey to get a rep ahead of Davíðsdóttir on the toes to bar portion of the event. Even though she had to walk the difference with the 52-pound kettlebells, Toomey’s innovative idea worked as she inched out Davíðsdóttir by four seconds.

Fraser and Ohlsen were battling it out for first in the men’s division, but then Fraser employed the same strategy as his teammate and fellow champion. It worked. Fraser eked out a win in event six by seven seconds over Ohlsen. Games rookie Justin Medeiros came in third.

Snatch Speed Triple Event Results

This increasingly heavy snatch ladder consisted of three rounds, which saw each heat’s slowest competitor get dropped. Here’s a breakdown of the event and the results:

Three rounds, each for time:

  • One snatch at each bar — the slowest competitor in each heat is eliminated.

Quarterfinal — Five athletes, one-minute cap:

  • Women: 145, 150, 155 pounds
  • Men: 225, 235, 245 pounds

Semifinal — Four athletes, two-minute cap:

  • Women: 160, 165, 170 pounds
  • Men: 245, 255, 265 pounds

Final — Three athletes, three-minute cap:

  • Women: 175, 180, 185 pounds
  • Men: 265, 275, 285 pounds

The times listed below are per snatch block. quarterfinal/semifinal/final. “OUT” means the athlete did not make it to the next round. The weights for each snatch block are listed above. 

Snatch Speed Triple Women’s Results:

  1. Tia-Clair Toomey, 21.24 / 23.82 / 30.06
  2. Brooke Wells, 23.70 /25.65 / 36.55
  3. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, 23.45 / 25.97 / 1:28.00
  4. Kari Pearce, 22.97 / 47.61 / OUT
  5. Haley Adams, 58.95 / OUT

Snatch Speed Triple Men’s Results:

  1. Mathew Fraser, 21.04 / 25.47 / 44.05
  2. Jeffrey Adler, 21.17 / 55.52 / 2:22.32
  3. Samuel Kwant, 23.56 / 52.64 / 2:55.89
  4. Noah Ohlsen, 27.41 / 1:08.08 / OUT
  5. Justin Medeiros, 28.62 / OUT

Snatch Speed Triple Event Recap 

This event seemed to favor the top four athletes in the CrossFit Total event — Fraser, Toomey, Adler, and Wells. 

For the women, Toomey maintained a smooth and steady pace throughout each increasingly heavy heat. Considering her Olympic Weightlifting background, this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Brooke Wells trailed her pretty closely and ended up adding 75 points to her overall score by finishing in second place. Davíðsdóttir was competing with Wells closely for second until the final round slowed her down. Pearce did OK, and Haley Adams struggled in the first round.

In the men’s division, there was Mat Fraser and then Kwant and Adler battling for second. Justin Medeiros finished the first round a second behind Ohlsen but most likely would have struggled with the semifinal weight set. Ohlsen met his match in round three, and Adler, who looked might competitive against Fraser in the quarterfinals, fell behind by 30 seconds and ended up edging out Kwant for second place. Also, props to Kwant, who finished his final snatch despite not needing to. 

Bike Repeater Event Results

The third event of day two challenged the athlete’s ability to pace themselves. And for the first time during day two of the Finals, Fraser was challenged by Canadian Jeffrey Adler. Here’s a breakdown of event eight:

10 rounds:

  • 440-meter bike sprint
  • One legless rope climb (15 feet)

Bike Repeater Women’s Results: 

  1. Tia-Clair Toomey, 14:37.51
  2. Haley Adams, 14:53.61
  3. Kari Pearce, 15:14.92
  4. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, 15:36.02
  5. Brooke Wells, 16:39.54

Bike Repeater Men’s Results: 

  1. Mathew Fraser, 12:54.76
  2. Jeffrey Adler, 13:07.10
  3. Justin Medeiros, 13:20.52
  4. Samuel Kwant, 13:39.95
  5. Noah Ohlsen, 14:20.82

Bike Repeater Event Recap 

Toomey appeared to be outclassed by Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir — for all but one round. Then, the four-time reigning Fittest Woman on Earth® gained a fare lead and left Davíðsdóttir, Adams, and Pearce to compete for second place. Brooke Wells had a tougher time with this event and was in the back of the pack. The legless rope climb appeared to slow Davíðsdóttir down. On the other hand, Toomey robotically completed her climbs, which is what helped her stay ahead. 

Fraser stayed in the lead for the entirety of the race for the men — except for when Jeffrey Adler snuck up on him, forcing the front-runner to kick it into high gear. Of course, Fraser did — and he beat Adler by 13 seconds. Medeiros, who looked very fit during this event, placed third, 19 seconds ahead of Samuel Kwant. Noah Ohlsen rode into fifth place about a minute later. 

Happy Star Event Results 

The fourth event of day two was announced just 20 minutes beforehand. Boy, it was a doozy. Check out the full event below along with how the athletes fared:

Four rounds:

  • 200- to 300-meter hill run (of varying distances)
  • 5-7-9-11 reps of  Burpees
  • 5-7-9-11 reps of  Thrusters

Women: 95-105-110-115-pounds for thrusters / Men: 135-145-155-165-pounds for thrusters 

Happy Star Women’s Results:

  1. Tia-Clair Toomey, 8:42.59
  2. Kari Pearce, 9:17.37
  3. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, 9:32.02
  4. Brooke Wells, 10:05.21
  5. Haley Adams, 10:18.46

Happy Star Men’s Results:

  1. Mathew Fraser, 8:18.21
  2. Samuel Kwant, 8:33.91
  3. Jeffrey Adler, 8:40.17
  4. Noah Ohlsen, 8:54.53
  5. Justin Medeiros, 8:59.33

 

Happy Star Event Recap  

Brooke Wells exploded out of the gate as a last-ditch effort to derail Toomey’s winning streak. She fizzled out, however, no doubt from the sinister hill sprints and burpees over a beam, and ended up in fourth. Toomey remained in first. It was Kari Pearce who stayed consistent and ended up in second place, right ahead of Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir. Haley Adams — who is assumingly beat from an incredibly taxing day one of the Finals — finished last for the third time today. 

It was Mathew Fraser for the men who started strong and finished strong.  Which, has been his MO all weekend. He seemed to have no problem with the burpees, which were performed over a higher beam compared to a barbell. With this win, Fraser has gone eight for nine for the Games Finals events. Overall, this is his 27th Games win.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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American Samuel Kwant, who was in fifth place overall, secured second in Happy Star. His overall ranking now improves to third. He trails runner-up, Jeffrey Adler by just 25 points. Noah Ohlsen and Justin Medeiros had trouble with this event (understandably), particularly the hill run, and finished four seconds apart in fourth and fifth place, respectively. 

Heading Into Day Three

Fraser and Toomey both have extremely comfortable leads as day three looms — 435 points and 290 respectively. However, Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir made up for a so-so day one to sit in the runner-up spot. Behind her is Kari Pearce, who trails Davíðsdóttir by just 25 points. For the men, Jeffrey Adler is in second with 440 points, which is also 25 points ahead of Samuel Kwant — who made up a heck of a lot of ground. Justin Medeiros is in fourth and Noah Ohlsen has moved down to fifth. 

Does anyone have a chance of catching up with Toomey and Fraser? Stayed tuned, the other eight athletes will have two events (that we know of) to attempt to make up ground. 

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