Five-time reigning Fittest Woman on Earth® Tia-Clair Toomey entered Event Six of the 2022 CrossFit Games in the overall lead by two points, ahead of 2021 Rookie of the Year Mal O’Brien. Ricky Garard won Event Five in a tight battle of Husafell bag carries up the capitol steps in Madison, WI, extending his lead over Roman Khrennikov and defending Fittest Man on Earth® Justin Medeiros.
On Friday, Aug. 5, Event Six of the Games challenged athletes with a three-round triplet of muscle-ups, jump-overs, and GHD sit-ups followed by weighted lunges. Saxon Panchik jumped to an early lead among the men and never gave it up, winning the second Games event of his career impressively.
Toomey extended her overall lead as well, winning the 35th Games event of her career. However, O’Brien’s efforts stemmed the bleeding to only a three-point margin with a second-place finish in Event Six.
Event Six — “Up and Over” Results
Here are the full results from Up and Over at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games:
Individual Women’s Results
- Tia-Clair Toomey — 11:58.92
- Mal O’Brien — 12::58.91
- Emma Lawson — 13:29.56
- Haley Adams — 13:41.11
- Danielle Brandon — 13:41.83
- Kara Saunders — 13:46.47
- Matilde Garnes — 13:52.24
- Baylee Rayl — 14:15.70
- Paige Semenza — 14:30.20
- Arielle Loewen — 14:36.73
Individual Men’s Results
- Saxon Panchik — 12:40.00
- Justin Medeiros — 13:09.31
- Ricky Garard — 13:17.76
- Samuel Kwant — 13:37.84
- Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson — 13:39.71
- Cole Sager — 13:44.84
- Noah Ohlsen — 14:05.20
- Patrick Vellner — 14:09.22
- Uldis Upenieks — 14:13.72
- Spencer Panchik —14:13.97
Check In: [2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games Results and Leaderboard]
Event Six — Up and Over
Three rounds for time:
- 12 Muscle-Ups
- 25 Jump-Overs (Round one: log, Round two: box, Round three: pig)
- 30 GHD Sit-Ups
- 84-foot Weighted Lunge
Women: Jump 50-in log, 30-in box, 20-in Pig, lunge 125-lb axle bar
Men: Jump 50-in log, 42-in box, 20-in Pig, lunge 185-lb axle bar
Time cap: 18 minutes
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Up and Over challenged not only the athletes’ cardiovascular capacities, but their muscular endurance and posterior chain strength as well.
Event Six Recap
For the first time this Games, the men took to the field before the women. During the first heat, Malheiros got out to a slight lead after the first round of muscle-ups. He held that lead through the GHD sit-ups as Briant, Richelme, and Fikowski jockeyed for second position two reps back. Richelme upped his pace and took over the lead at the start of round two.
The box jump-overs proved more difficult than anticipated, as athletes were not allowed to place their hands on the boxes. It was all lower body. Richelme let Zenoni and Briant catch up for a share of the lead.
Games commentators remarked on Mertens’s unique strategy of getting a running start before the jump as a means of compensating for his height disadvantage (Mertens stands at 5’4″ and the box measured 42 inches).
By the start of the third round, Zenoni held a 10-rep lead. He completed the muscle-ups by the 9:40-mark. Several athletes received no-rep calls jumping over the pig, as they were not allowed to twist in the air — they had to land square with their back to the pig.
Zenoni reached the final GHDs first, still with a double-digit rep lead, and attacked the lunges with ferocity. He went unbroken for nearly three-fourths of the course. Zenoni finished in 14:18.12 for the heat one win.
Men’s Heat Two
Judging by the athletes’ heavy breathing, the 81-degree heat was taking its toll. Nonetheless, Garard aimed to extend his 78-point overall lead coming into the second heat, staying in the mix of athletes setting the pace. Garard took over the lead by a pair of reps on the log.
Saxon Panchik kept pace with Garard at the GHDs, with Medeiros, Koski, Ohlsen, and Guðmundsson each a handful of reps behind them. Panchik went unbroken through the muscle-ups and claimed the lead for himself to start the box jumps. He gave up no time before starting his second set of GHDs all by himself.
Nearly 18 reps behind Panchik were Vellner, Guðmundsson, Kwant, and Garard. They all held pace with each other as they watched Panchik head back to the rig for his final set of muscle-ups. Panchik was alone still on the muscle-ups as the eight-minute mark passed by. By the 10-minute mark, Panchik began his final set of GHDs — more than a dozen reps ahead of second-place Kwant.
Saxon reached his lunges just after 11 minutes on the clock, and he got right to work. He went more than halfway unbroken with over three minutes to spare against Zenoni’s heat-one-winning time. Panchik had to break right before the finish line, but it was still a big win for him, as he crossed at 12:40.00.
Medeiros put on a last-effort surge in the lunges to take second in the event with Garard moments behind him. Kwant got in fourth with Guðmundsson right on his tail. The top 10 finishes in heat two were faster than Zenoni’s time in heat one.
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Women’s Heat One
Freyová opened to an early lead, with Gazan and Fuselier trying to catch up after recovering from the grueling workout in Event Six. The log height was the same for both the men and women, and the shorter athletes were at a natural disadvantage as a result. Fuselier, who struggled in Event Six, was right in the mix for the lead in Event Seven.
Fuselier’s background before CrossFit was as a gymnast, and her skills were on display in the ring muscle-ups. Baylee Rayl moved into position to take the lead. She and Freyová attacked the second round of jump-overs together ahead of the field. Rayl reached the second set of GHDs first at the seven-minute mark. Fuselier had a faster cycle rate on the GHDs and made up a lot of time on Freyová.
The race for first in heat one boiled down to a battle between Rayl and Fuselier as they approached the rig for the third round as a pair. Rayl completed the muscle-ups at the 10-minute mark and walked to the final set of jump-overs.
Rayl’s quick one-step-and-turn technique on the jump-overs on the pig added to her lead. She hit the last set of GHDs with a 20-rep cushion over Fuselier.
Rayl put on her lifting belt and got to work on the axle bar lunges. Carratala Sanahuja joined Fuselier fighting for second place as Rayl was a runaway winner of the heat with a time of 14:15.70, performing her lunges unbroken. Fuselier nearly went unbroken in the lunges as well, but dropped the bar in the final stretch. She finished in second place at a time of 15:55.70.
Women’s Heat Two
In heat two, Toomey boasted an early lead out of the gate. Eramo O’Connell, O’Brien, Brandon, and Loewen were a handful of reps behind the defending champ. Toomey was the first to the GHD, moving with fire and purpose across the field.
She moved back to the rig with a sense of urgency. Lawson, O’Brien, and Adams were hot on Toomey’s tail. Toomey went unbroken through the muscle-ups yet again and dove right into the box jump-overs. Her cycle rate on the box expanded her lead to nearly double-digit reps.
Toomey approached the GHDs ahead of the pack for the second consecutive round. Her cycle rate on the sit-ups was consistent from beginning to end. Toomey sought to extend her record of 34 Games event wins to 35 as she darted back to the rig for the final time.
The final round of muscle-ups was the first time Toomey took a break. She had about a half-minute to give with O’Brien trailing in second place. Toomey went nearly unbroken in the lunges to score her second event win of the Games — the 35th of her career — at a time of 11:58.92. O’Brien rushed down the field with the axle bar for a second-place time of 12:58.91, conceding three points to Toomey on the overall leaderboard.
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The Rest of Day Three
There is still one more event to come on Day Three of competition for the Individuals. At the time of this article’s publication, Event Seven has not yet been revealed. There will be a cut of 10 athletes in each Individual division before the final day of competition on Aug. 7, 2022. Event Seven is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. CDT.
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