Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey Dominate 2020 Games in Historic Fashion

October 25, 2020 by and
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A sense of history imbued the 2020 CrossFit Games, both the rich history of the event and history-making performances on the competition floor. It started out on Friday at the Ranch in Aromas, CA, hallowed ground for CrossFitters and the site of the original CrossFit Games in 2007. Athletes took on workouts that paid homage to the first-ever Games events that year. But soon attention shifted to record-setting performances and history-in-the-making as Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey proved by Sunday afternoon that they are not only the fittest athletes on earth in 2020, but also the fittest athletes in history.

Final Leaderboard
(Full Payouts with Event Wins)

  1. Mathew Fraser – 1150 | Tia-Clair Toomey – 1025
  2. Samuel Kwant – 605 | Katrin Davidsdottir – 665
  3. Justin Medeiros – 560 | Kari Pearce – 585
  4. Noah Ohlsen – 540 | Haley Adams – 560
  5. Jeffrey Adler – 505 | Brooke Wells – 525

Rookie of the Year: Justin Medeiros

Spirit of the Games: Katrin Davidsdottir

One big thing: With their dominant performances in the 2020 CrossFit Games, as well as in the years leading up, Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey have cemented their positions as the greatest male and female CrossFit athletes of all time.  

Mat Fraser’s victory was reminiscent of some of the most dominant performances in sports history and more than secured his place as the winningest individual CrossFit athlete of all time.

  • Seven Straight Podium Finishes.
  • Five Straight CrossFit Games Championships.
  • The most event wins of any athlete, with 29 event wins in his career.
  • Five Straight Regionals Championships.
  • Four Open Championships and the only athlete to win three consecutive Opens.
  • The only athlete besides Tia-Clair Toomey and Rich Froning to win an entire day of events at the Games.
  • Most consecutive event wins of any male athlete with six consecutive event wins matched only by his training partner Tia-Clair Toomey.
  • Most event wins in a single Games with ten.
  • Mat Fraser has never lost a live competition since winning the CrossFit Games 2016.
  • The only male athlete to never drop out of first place over the course of the entire Games weekend.

Behind the Wins: With the exception of two events, Fraser finished every other event 11.9% faster than his fellow competitors. He also finished with the widest point spread in CrossFit history, finishing 545 points ahead of second-place finisher Samuel Kwant, making his first-place finish over them even more impressive.

Tia-Clair Toomey trails not far behind, and in her performance this weekend, further illustrating that she is the most dominant female CrossFit athlete in history. Here are the facts:

  • Six straight podium finishes.
  • Four consecutive CrossFit Games wins.
  • The most event wins of any female athlete with 24 event wins. The next closest female is Katrin Davidsdottir with 14 event wins.
  • Most consecutive event wins of any female athlete, matched only by her male counterpart Mat Fraser.
  • Toomey has not lost a live competition since winning the Games 2017.

Behind the Wins: Not only did Toomey beat at least one male athlete in all but three events this weekend, she was also faster than her female competitors by an average of 12% in the nine events she won.

Fit and Getting Fitter: The dominance in Toomey’s and Fraser’s performance will go down in CrossFit Games history. Despite what was foreshadowed by CrossFit’s Director of Sport Dave Castro to be the hardest CrossFit Games yet, Toomey and Fraser stepped up to the challenge and proved that they are bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before. They bested not only their competitors but also their own former performances.

  • In the “Speed Snatch Ladder,” Fraser increased the amount of weight he lifted over the full course of the event by nine pounds per minute, improving his overall performance by 107%.
  • Mat Fraser increased his handstand walking speed by 26%, walking a 300 foot course 21 seconds faster than he walked a 280 foot course in 2016.
  • Toomey increased her CrossFit total by 15 pounds from 2018, securing the heaviest female total for the second time.
  • Toomey walked 47% faster on her hands than she did in 2016 in the handstand walk sprint event, finishing a 300 foot handstand walk 46.48 seconds faster than she finished a 280 foot handstand walk four years prior.
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The Fittest Field Yet: Toomey and Fraser’s dominance above the crowd is not due to a lack of competition. In fact, this year’s pool of athletes was amongst the fittest yet.

  • Kari Pearce finished Atalanta, an amalgamation of Murph and Mary in 47:56.58, just two minutes and 13 seconds slower than 2015 champion Katrin Davidsdottir’s Murph time that year and just under five minutes faster than reigning Champion Tia-Clair Toomey’s 2015 Murph time.
  • Brooke Wells walked 31.67% faster on her hands than the winner of 2016’s handstand sprint walk event, Katrin Davidsdottir, walking at a speed of 3.7 meters compared to 2016’s fastest handstand walker’s speed of 2.81 meters per second.
  • On the men’s side, Justin Medeiros and Noah Ohlsen both held a faster pace on the handstand walk event this year than the winner of the 2016 handstand walk event, Jacob Heppner, by .58 and .12 meters per second respectively.
  • Noah Ohlsen increased his CrossFit Total by 10 pounds over the last two years from the first time we saw the event at the 2018 CrossFit Games.

The future fittest: At this point, it’s clear that Toomey and Fraser are in a league of their own. As commentator Sean Woodland put it, there are only a few things certain in life, “death, taxes and Mat Fraser.” It’s now up to the rest of the field to rise to the challenge and take them on and this weekend highlighted some of the future of the sport.

  • Samuel Kwant, the most underrated athlete this year, pulled off a second place finish at just 24 years old. But he proved that he’s not to be overlooked when he went head-to-head with Fraser in the “Swim ‘N’ Stuff” on Sunday morning, beating him in two out of the four intervals and pulled off an event win, by almost ten seconds.
  • Justin Medeiros may have been a rookie this year, but at 21-years-old, he proved his mettle, keeping pace with Fraser for a good part of the infamous “Ranch Loop” event and even pulling ahead of him at some points.
  • At 19, Haley Adams is the girl who Rich Froning said he saw himself in and has has taken on as a protege in Cookeville, TN for the last year. Adams proved herself to be a legitimate podium contender in her second year at the Games, pushing Toomey in several events and beating her in the handstand sprint.  

The bottom line: 2020 has made it clear that Toomey and Fraser are the fittest athletes in history. When asked by Niki Brazier if she felt confident calling herself the fittest woman in history, Toomey replied that after this year, she now felt confident in saying that. And Fraser has silenced detractors who questioned his G.O.A.T. status against Rich Froning in the history books.

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