Toomey vs. Fraser: Who Was Most Dominant On Day One?
While the battle for the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth has kicked off at the Ranch in Aromas, CA this weekend, there’s another battle going down, and it’s for the most dominant CrossFit athlete in the field – male or female.
With Mat Fraser looking to take his record-setting fifth title this weekend and Tia-Clair Toomey her fourth, there is no question that Fraser and Toomey are the most dominant athletes in their respective divisions. The question then remains, which one of them is the most dominant athlete in the sport of fitness.
Remind me: While Toomey is well known for being the dominant player in the women’s field, no one matches Mat Fraser when it comes to event wins or Games titles, yet.
- Mat Fraser currently holds four Games titles, 23 event wins across his career, and has already won eight events in the 2020 CrossFit Games between stages 1 and 2 with two days of competition remaining.
- Tia-Clair Toomey currently holds three Games titles, 18 event wins across her career, and has already won seven events in the 2020 CrossFit Games between stages 1 and 2.
Event 1: “The 2007 Reload” started with a win from both Toomey and Fraser.
- Toomey took the fastest time of the day between the men and the women with a time of 12:47.98, beating Fraser by about 20 seconds, who finished in 13:07.02.
- Fraser still beat every other woman, finishing more than 10 seconds faster than second-place finisher Haley Adams.
- Toomey held the more dominant position, with a 29.81 second lead over second-place finisher Hailey Adams, while Fraser only held an 8.14 second lead over Medeiros.
Event 2: The “Corn Sack Sprint” saw an overall event win from Fraser who also beat Toomey by 14 seconds.
- Toomey would have finished second overall in the men’s field, beating Samuel Kwant by about 2 seconds.
- The second event showed Fraser’s dominance above the pack, with him pulling the largest event lead with a gap of 16.36 seconds.
- While Toomey still held a first-place finish, her finish proved to be not as dominant as Fraser’s, with just a 7.63 second lead over her competitors.
Event 3: Tia racked up another event win in the CrossFit Total, out-lifting her competitors by just 6 pounds, but Mat took second place, his only non-event win of the day, as Jeffry Adler overtook him by seven pounds.
- Both Tia-Clair Toomey and Mat Fraser beat their closest competitor in the strict press and back squat. However, it was the deadlift that made the difference. While Wells out-lifted Toomey by 17 pounds in the deadlift, Adler out-lifted Fraser in the deadlift by 32 pounds, creating too much of a gap to make up.
- This win in the total allowed Toomey to tie her own record for the most consecutive event wins of all time, previously set in the final of the 2019 CrossFit Games.
- This event also allowed Toomey to creep up on Fraser’s 22 total event wins, bringing her to 18 total event wins; she had passed Rich Froning’s 16 after the Corn Sack Sprint.
- Comparing the two champ’s total weight lifted, we see that Fraser actually out-lifted Toomey using the Sinclair method for comparing athletes at different bodyweight, with Fraser’s Sinclair total about 96 pounds heavier than Toomey.
Event 4: During the handstand sprint, Toomey took her first finish outside of the top spot for the day while Fraser racked up another event win.
- Fraser’s event win here widened the gap between he and Toomey for total event wins.
- Toomey broke her winning streak as she finished in fifth place with the slowest time of the day.
Event 5: While both Fraser and Toomey jumped out in front of the competition to start, Fraser ended up taking the overall event win while Toomey fell behind to Davidsdottir and Adams to finish third overall, giving herself her second finish outside of first today.
- Once again chased down by Medeiros, Fraser squeezed out another event win, beating him by 30.3 seconds after a grueling near hour-long workout.
Toomey found herself settling back into third place. However, after a dominant start to the day, Toomey was still able to hang on to the leader’s jersey heading into day 2.
The big picture: As they battled it out over the course of day one, Mat Fraser proved to be the more dominant competitor with just one event finish outside of first place and an average finish that made him 4.19% stronger and faster than the second-place finisher in each event across the board. While Toomey proved her dominant position on the field, ending the day with a 75 point lead over Haley Adams who currently sits in second place, it was Fraser who ultimately dominated day one at the 2020 CrossFit Games.
Toomey Percent Finish Over Competitors In Event Wins – Average: 2.97%
- 2007 Reload: 3.74%
- Corn Sack Sprint: 3.95%
- CrossFit Total: 0.68%
Fraser Percent Finish Over Competitors In Event Wins – Average: 4.19%
- 2007 Reload: 1.02%
- Corn Sack Sprint: 8.7%
- CrossFit Total: 6.19%
- Trail Run: 0.86%