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Toomey and Vellner Win Rogue Invitational in Dominating Fashion

June 14, 2020 by
Photo Credit: S.J. Finlay
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The Rogue Invitational was able to throw a competition this weekend unlike any we have seen and they were able to pull it off with minimal difficulties. The first competition in over three months saw two of the sport’s top stars crowned as champions, as Tia-Clair Toomey defended her title and Patrick Vellner ran away with the men’s title.

The men’s division: 

The second and final day of competition kicked off with a test of strength in the form of a clean and jerk lift-off. But before all 18 men could start they had to compete in a tie-breaker that consisted of seven clean and jerks at 255lbs with a one-minute time cap. That tie-breaker would come into play as Chandler Smith won the event with a personal best lift of 360lbs. The active-duty Army Captain and member of the US Army Warrior Fitness Team actually tied Lukas Högberg but finished the tie-breaker quicker to win the event on the Army’s 245th Birthday. For Högberg it also was a PR and a welcomed top finish after struggling during day one of the competition. Björgvin Karl Guđmundsson tied four other athletes with a lift of 350lbs but had the fastest time in the tiebreaker to claim third in the event.

Guđmundsson, who came into the day in sixth place, improved on his third-place finish in event four with a win in the fifth event. The 2019 CrossFit Games podium finisher crushed the chipper finishing exactly a minute (13:55.28) ahead of Vellner (14:55.28) for the victory. For Vellner it was his fourth top-two finish and all but secured the Rogue Invitational championship. Saxon Panchik placed third finishing the chipper with a time of 14:59.64.

The final men’s event of the competition ended how it started, with a Colten Mertens victory. The Rogue Invitational Online Qualifier champion went full-send and was the only men’s athlete to finish the event under three minutes. 2019 Games runner-up Noah Ohlsen had his best finish of the competition, winning his heat and placing second with a time of 3:30.53. Vellner placed third with a time of 3:36.53.

Vellner won the competition by 75 points over Guđmundsson and Ohlsen, sporting a crown after being named the Rogue Invitational champion.

  • Vellner recorded two event wins with five top-three event placings. His worst finish was seventh in the clean and jerk lift-off in which he tied four other athletes with a lift of 350lbs but was beaten in the tie-breaker.
  • Vellner earned $50,000 for the top podium spot plus another $10,000 for his two event wins.
  • Guđmundsson tied Ohlsen with 555 points but due to his event four win claimed the runner-up finish via the tiebreaker rules and earned a combined $45,000.
  • Ohlsen recorded his second third-place finish this season. In February he placed third at Wodapalooza.
  • Smith (530 points) and Panchik (480 points) rounded out the top-five.
  • Jacob Heppner, who started the day in second place, averaged a 13th place in the final three events to finish seventh.
  • Mertens joined Vellner as the only men’s athletes to win multiple events. He placed ninth taking home $13,000 which included $10,000 for event wins.
  • 2015 CrossFit Games champion Ben Smith placed tenth.

The women’s division:

Not that she needed to do it but Toomey made a statement in the opening event of day two. In an exciting display of strength that showcased Toomey, Laura Horvath, Amanda Barnhart and Kara Saunders, it was Toomey who stood alone at the end. Even after clinching the victory due to a tiebreaker over Horvath, Toomey elected to attempt 270lbs after being told she won. The former Olympic weightlifter for her native Australia made the weight look light, successfully lifting it and then letting out a primal scream directed to all that were watching around the world (and sending commentator Chase Ingraham to seek shelter under his desk).

Horvath placed second after lifting 260lbs followed by Barnhart who bowed out after completing a lift of 250 lbs.

In the event five chipper, Sara Sigmundsdottir attempted to make it a close race between her and Toomey in the overall standings as she won with a time of 13:15.87. However Toomey placed second to increase her lead to 50 points over Sigmundsdottir. Barnhart recorded her second-straight third-place finish after winning her heat with a time of 14:24.37.

With the overall title locked up heading into the final event, Toomey copied her feat from last year of ending her Rogue Invitational the same way she started it, with an event win. She was the only woman to finish under three minutes with a time of 2:51.93. Canadian Carolyne Prevost recorded her highest finish of the competition, placing second with a time of 3:08.18. Horvath placed third with a time of 3:10.25.

Toomey, like Vellner, finished with 630 points and won by 75 points. Sigmundsdottir placed second with 555 points with Saunders rounding out the podium in third with 540 points.

  • Toomey is now a perfect nine-for-nine in competitions (including Games and Regionals), dating back to the 2017 CrossFit Games.
  • Toomey recorded four event wins and has eight total in her two Rogue Invitationals.
  • In taking the top podium position, Toomey earned $50,000, plus her 4 event wins, making her the top earner in either division.
  • Sigmundsdottir finished second to Toomey at the Rogue Invitational for the second time.
  • Sigmundsdottir picked up her 13th podium finish.
  • Saunders, fulltime mom to a one-year-old, placed third despite competing between midnight and 6:00 am Australia time.
  • Simmonds dropped from second place after day one to fourth place after struggling on day two. She recorded two sixth places and a ninth on the final day of the competition.
  • Barnhart was one of the biggest movers of the final day thanks to three top-four finishes, moving into the top-ten, placing seventh overall.

The Final Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. Tia-Clair Toomey (630) | Patrick Vellner (630)
  2. Sara Sigmundsdottir (555) | Björgvin Karl Guđmundsson (555)
  3. Kara Saunders (540) | Noah Ohlsen (555)
  4. Jamie Simmonds (525) | Chandler Smith (530)
  5. Laura Horvath (510) | Saxon Panchik (480)
  6. Carolyne Prevost (485) | Adrian Mundwiler (450)
  7. Amanda Barnhart (485) | Jacob Heppner (440)
  8. Haley Adams (435)  | Alexandre Caron (440)
  9. Kristin Holte (430) | Colten Mertens (405)
  10. Brooke Wells (410) | Ben Smith (395)

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