CrossFit Games Pacific Region Day 1: Tia-Clair Toomey and Kara Webb Tied

Day 1 of the 2017 Reebok CrossFit® Games Pacific Regional wrapped up with some big names at the top of the leaderboard in Wollongong, Australia. 5-time Games veteran Kara Webb is neck and neck with 2-time Games runner-up Tia-Clair Toomey. For the men, Games veteran Zeke Grove has positioned himself with a strong start.

Toomey finished first in Event 1 and second in Event 2, while Webb took the opposite, finishing second in Event 1 and first in Event 2. Third is controlled by 2-time Games veteran Alethea Boon.

Fourth place is held by Games hopeful Jessica Coughlan, and fifth place is commanded by the 2016 Masters (40-44) Women’s first place finisher Helen Harding. An interesting fact about the individual women’s top five is that none of these athletes have completed an event higher than the fifth position. Collectively as a top five, they’re off to a phenomenal start, but can they maintain the momentum?

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Grove is sitting in the number one spot for the men, and Games veteran James Newbury is currently tied with him in points. While the points are tied, Grove technically remains number one because of his first place finish in Event 2.

Third place is held by 5-time Games veteran Rob Forte. Games hopeful Matt Mcleod has taken fourth, while 2-times Games veteran Mitchell Sinnamon sits in fifth. The top five men’s competitors have all finished in seventh or lower in the first two events.

In terms of injuries, we’ve only seen one so far, which was reported on Khan Porter’s Instagram page. He tweaked his right pec in his warm-up for event two, but will continue on in competition.

We’ve embedded the Pacific Individual Event 2 video below in this article.

The top 5 standings after Day 1 for Women, Men, and Teams are below:


1T. Tia-Clair Toomey
1T. Kara Webb
3. Alethea Boon
4. Jessica Coughlan
5. Helen Harding


1. Zeke Grove
2. James Newbury
3. Rob Forte
4. Matt Mcleod
5. Mitchell Sinnamon


1. Functional Strength
2. Team Creature
3. Injustice Crew
4. CrossFit East Tamaki
5. Range of Motion

Action resumes tomorrow and Sunday at the Win Sports and Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.

Feature image screenshot from CrossFit® YouTube channel. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

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