Total Domination — Toomey, Fraser Win 2020 CrossFit Games in Historic Fashion

The reigning Fittest on Earth® defended their titles and won $300,000 each.

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There was Mathew Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey — and then there were the eight other competitors. That was the story of the 2020 CrossFit Games. Both Fraser and Toomey won their divisions to rack up a respective fifth and fourth CrossFit Games title. Fraser broke the record for most Games wins, besting Rich Froning, with who he shared the previous record of four wins. He also has the record for most Games event wins with 29. 

Samuel Kwant and Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir placed second for the men and women, respectively. Despite Fraser and Toomey holding such a strong lead throughout the event, the other athletes pushed the division leaders. For the men, Samuel Kwant upset Fraser by beating him in the first event of the day. In event 11, Kwant lost by four-tenths of a second. In the women’s division, Toomey maintained a firm lead and almost had a two-day sweep — but Kari Pearce dominated the final (and toughest) event, earning her first-ever podium finish at the Games.

Here’s the leaderboard for the Finals:

Rank Country Name Points
1 Tia-Clair Toomey 1025
2 Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir 665
3 Kari Pearce 585
4 Haley Adams 560
5 Brooke Wells 525
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2020 CrossFit Games Finals Recap Video

In what was a pair a storied Games win, both Toomey and Fraser left a trail of highlight-reel performances in their wakes. Also, Kari Pearce made a seriously gutsy last-event move, and the future of the CrossFit athletes have officially arrived. Check it all out below. 

Swim ‘N’ Stuff Event Results

A new event was announced just before the first block of the day was set to start. It saw the athletes getting wet and racing to burn the most calories. Here’s the event breakdown:

Four rounds:

  • Air bike calories (10 for the women, 15 for the men)
  • 50-meter swim
  • 10 GHD Sit-ups
  • 10 ball slams (40-pounds for the women, 60-pounds for the men)

The athletes will begin a new round every four minutes, with rounds two and four performed in reverse. The athlete with the fastest cumulative time wins.

Swim ‘N’ Stuff Men’s Results:

The times listed below are in interval order, with the final number being the athlete’s cumulative time. 

  1. Samuel Kwant, 2:00.51 /1:59.34 / 2:16.64 / 2:13.17 — 8:29.66
  2. Mathew Fraser, 2:03.76 / 1:59.24 / 2:22.51 / 2:11.63 — 8:38.14
  3. Justin Medeiros, 2:01.27 / 2:05.77 / 2:28.98 / 2:16.91 — 8:52.93
  4. Noah Ohlsen, 2:00.00 / 2:05.37 / 2:28.98 / 2:16.91 — 9:14.34
  5. Jeffrey Adler, 2:08.74 / 2:15.30 / 2:41.67 / 2:37.65 — 9:43.30

Swim ‘N’ Stuff Women’s Results:

The times listed below are in interval order, with the final number being the athlete’s cumulative time. 

  1. Tia-Clair Toomey, 2:08.17 / 2:02.92 / 2:11.61 / 2:03.78 — 8:25.48
  2. Haley Adams, 2:05.42 / 2:03.00 / 2:19.99 / 2:12.00 — 8:40.41
  3. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, 2:05.82 / 2:07.95 / 2:13.33 / 2:14.52 — 8:47.62
  4. Brooke Wells, 2:17.11 / 2:19.72 / 2:30.30 / 2:32.83 — 9:39.96
  5. Kari Pearce, 2:13.57 / 2:228.59 / 2:39.40 / 2:49.02 — 10:10.58

Swim ‘N’ Stuff Event Recap

This surprise first event of day three set a new tone in the men’s division. Samuel Kwant edged out Mathew Fraser. Though his win hardly made a dent in Fraser’s lead, Kwant remained focused and determined to beat Fraser in every remaining event. Justin Medeiros, who truly earned his stripes at his first-ever Games, finished in the middle of the pack. Noah Ohlsen came in fourth, and Canadian Jeffrey Adler took fifth. 

Toomey never let up and won the surprise event by 15 seconds. However, Haley Adams had a great performance, placing second after getting last place three times on day two. She remained consistent in the pool and on the bike. Meanwhile, Davíðsdóttir held her own in the middle of the pack. She finished ahead of Brooke Wells in first and Kari Pearce. 

Sprint Sled Sprint Event Results

The athletes had to complete two 100-yard sprints with a single weighted sled push sandwiched in between.  Here are the event specifics:

For time:

  • 100-yard sprint
  • 100-yard sled push
  • 100-yard sprint

Women: 80-pound sled / Men: 105-pound sled

Sprint Sled Sprint Women’s Results:

  1. Tia-Clair Toomey, 1:05.23
  2. Brooke Wells, 1:07.82
  3. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, 1:12.57
  4. Haley Adams, 1:14.93
  5. Kari Pearce, 1:24.51

Sprint Sled Sprint Men’s Results:

  1. Mathew Fraser, 0:56.08
  2. Samuel Kwant, 0:56.45
  3. Justin Medeiros, 1:01.97
  4. Noah Ohlsen, 1:03.89
  5. Jeffrey Adler, 1:05.64

Sprint Sled Sprint Event Recap

This was short but sweet. Tia-Clair Toomey covered her 300-yards the fastest, tacking on another 100 points to her already impressive total. Brooke Wells nipped at her heels, finishing less than two seconds behind her. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir came in third, Haley Adams came in fourth, and Kari Pearce crossed the finish line 14 seconds later to place last. 

The men’s race was more competitive. Mathew Fraser was a lock to win at this point (well, before this point actually), but Samuel Kwant was on a mission to steal as many final wins as possible from Fraser. The two finished within four-tenths of a second of each other, with Fraser edging out Kwant. Medeiros rounded out the top three, Ohlsen came in fourth, and Adler finished last.

Atalanta Event Results

It should be noted that the men and women will compete at the same time, with Fraser and Toomey in the center lanes. The other men will be on one side of Fraser and the women on Toomey’s other side. The event consists of:

For time:

  • One-mile run 
  • 100 handstand push-ups
  • 200 single-leg squats
  • 300 pull-ups
  • One-mile run

Men wear a 20-pound vest, and women wear a 14-pound vest. All of the exercises must be completed unpartitioned. 

Atalanta Women’s Results:

  1. Kari Pearce, 47:56.68
  2. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, 49:09.96
  3. Tia-Clair Toomey, 51:46.72
  4. Haley Adams, 52:56.60
  5. Brooke Wells, 1:00:19.01

Atalanta Men’s Results:

  1. Mathew Fraser, 51:46.66
  2. Noah Ohlsen, 52:24.75
  3. Justin Medeiros, 53:18.87
  4. Jeffrey Adler, 57:28.45
  5. Samuel Kwant, 1:05:39.08

Atalanta Event Recap

Both the men and the women competed in the same heat, with Toomey and Fraser — the division leaders — in the middle two lanes. American Kari Pearce set an incredible pace, blowing through the handstand push-ups and single-leg squats the fastest. For the pull-ups, she paced herself conservatively, which turned out to be a smart move. Pearce won the final and toughest event and moved up from fifth to third place to break the American women’s podium drought. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, who was awarded the Spirit of the Games award, came in second, and Toomey came in third. Haley Adams was behind her, and Brooke Wells came in last. 

For the men, Fraser won the third and final event of the day. Overall he won 10 of the 12 total events. Noah Ohlsen was in the lead up until the final stretch when Fraser passed him. Justin Medeiros, a top-performer all weekend, placed third and received the Rookie of the Year award, followed by Jeffrey Adler and Samuel Kwant, who had two fantastic performances earlier in the day.

A Monumental CrossFit Games

With their wins secured, Fraser and Toomey decided to finish Atalanta together. They talked each other through the 600-rep barrage of handstand push-ups, single-leg squats, and pull-ups and crossed the finish line mere milliseconds apart — hand in hand. These two phenomenal athletes secured their place in CrossFit history.

The two youngest competitors, 21-year-old Justin Medeiros and 19-year-old Haley Adams finished third and fourth. They proved that they have what it takes to compete with the best. Surely, their futures in CrossFit look bright. You can check out our full results and leaderboard to read up on the full weekend’s worth of action.

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