2020 CrossFit Games Online Stage: Event 3 and 4 Recap
The first day of online competition is over for the 2020 CrossFit Games and after the craziness of the leaderboard for the opening two events, the Games universe somewhat corrected itself with the final two events. “Damn Diane” and a 1K row proved to be the separating workouts as 60 athletes jockeyed for a coveted top-five spot and invite to the Ranch in their respective divisions.
Women’s Division: In all actuality it’s 58 athletes that are jockeying as defending “Fittest” man and woman on Earth Mathew Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey looked to have the online stage championships secured. Toomey made it three wins in a row after winning “Damn Diane” with a time of 2:28. She showed glimpses of being mortal in the 1K row, finishing tied for sixth with a time of 3:21.30. Her overall lead jumped to 56 points however with three events to go on Saturday.
- Brooke Wells moved into the second place position thanks to two wheelhouse workouts on the heels of two solid finishes in event one and two. She placed third in “Damn Diane” with a time of 2:34, just six seconds off of Toomey’s winning time. In the row she finished fifth with a time of 3:21.10.
- Amanda Barnhart jumped up six spots from ninth to third after a slow start. She had two top-ten finishes in the afternoon highlighted by a second place finish in the row with a time of 3:17.40.
- After a second and third place finish in the opening events, Kara Saunders had a rough end to her day placing 20th in “Damn Diane” and 13th in the row. Despite those two events Saunders stays in the running for a Ranch invite sitting in fourth.
- Dani Speegle also made a huge jump into the top-five. Starting the afternoon in tenth she vaulted into fifth place with two top-ten finishes. She placed tenth in “Damn Diane” and then recorded her best finish with a third place in the row with a time of 3:18.10.
- Kristine Best dropped from third to sixth place with a 25th place in “Damn Diane” doing the most damage to her chances of advancing to the Ranch.
- Haley Adams put herself into position to fight for a top-five spot thanks to solid work in the row, tying Toomey for sixth with a time of 3:21.30. She sits in seventh place 27 points behind Speegle.
- Katrin Davidsdottir had the biggest jump in placings, moving from 22nd to eighth. With three finishes outside the top-ten including a 27th place in the one-rep max front squat, she saved her day with a fourth place finish in the row.
- Kristin Holte and Andrea Nisler round out the top-ten and also the hopefuls for a top-five finish.
- Former Games podium finishers and 2020 contenders Laura Horvath, Sam Briggs and Sara Sigmundsdottir are all but eliminated for a top-five finish. Horvath is in 20th place, struggling as expected in “Damn Diane”. Briggs is in 22nd place followed by Sigmundsdottir in 25th place.
- Karin Freyova is the only athlete not named Toomey with an event win as she won the row with a blistering time of 3:15.80. She sits in 14th place in the overall leaderboard.
Men’s Division: Fraser’s 16-point lead over the field after two events ballooned to 79 points. His lead was built despite recording his worst finish of the day with an eighth place finish in the row. However picking up his second event win of the day in “Damn Diane” while other athletes struggled helped him as he looks poised to clinch the online stage championship.
- A familiar face moved into second place. Noah Ohlsen picked up his second runner-up finish of the day in “Damn Diane”, finishing behind Fraser by 12 seconds. A 17th place finish in the row continued a mercurial trend for him in day one.
- Trailing Ohlsen by one point is Bayden Brown, the Australian phenom picked up his third top-ten finish of the day when he placed sixth in the row with a time of 2:54.70.
- Adler moved up from fifth to fourth place despite finishing outside the top-ten in the final two events of the day.
- Jonne Koski slipped into the top-five with a third place finish in “Damn Diane”.
- Games rookie Justin Medeiros and Chandler Smith are within striking distance of a top-five spot at sixth and seventh place.
- Vellner made a jump from 21st to eighth place after placing eighth in “Damn Diane” and seventh in the row. He trails Koski by 26 points.
- Scott Tetlow and Samuel Cournoyer are in ninth and tenth place respectively.
- Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson dropped from ninth to 17th place. He is followed by Cole Sager (18th place) and Khan Porter (19th place).
- Jacob Heppner (23rd place), Brent Fikowski (24th place) and Saxon Panchik (26 place) are other Games contenders that are in danger of being eliminated from contention for the top-five spots.
- Roman Khrennikov picked up his first event win of his Games career, winning the row with a time of 2:48.90. He sits in 22nd place.
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The Overall Top 10 After Day 1
- Tia-Clair Toomey (380) | Mathew Fraser (360)
- Brooke Wells (324) | Noah Ohlsen (281)
- Kara Saunders (281) | Bayden Brown (280)
- Amanda Barnhart (271) | Jeffrey Adler (262)
- Dani Speegle (260) | Jonne Koski (245)
- Kristine Best (236) | Justin Medeiros (236)
- Haley Adams (233) | Chandler Smith (235)
- Katrin Davidsdottir (214) | Patrick Vellner (219)
- Kristin Holte (213) | Scott Tetlow (218)
- Andrea Nisler (213) | Samuel Cournoyer (216)