CrossFit Games

Torian Pro Day One Recap

May 28, 2021 by
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Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia played host to the teams as they got everything started early Friday morning. After completing their first two events of the weekend, the individuals would follow suit beginning in the early afternoon. This is generally the preferred competition schedule for athletes and spectators alike, a pattern which will repeat each of the three days at the Torian Pro.

Team Division: 

Event 1: “Amanda 21” was a quick sprint of 21 four-person synchro bar muscle up and 21 four-person synchro squat snatches. 

  • Team Urban went unbroken on the bar muscle ups to take an early lead in the final heat
  • But, Team Awaside was the first team to do touch and go reps on the snatches, a tactic which allowed them to take a lead they would not relinquish
  • In the end the top four times all came from the last heat of four (Awaside, Urban, Reebok CrossFit Frankston, and 64 Army Gold)
  • The only team from a previous heat that had a comparable time was team Newstead in heat three.

Event 2: “Team Reverse Tri” Was a relay style reverse triathlon of the Assault Air Runner, the Concept 2 Bike Erg, and then a quick 500 meter row with a 55 minute time cap. One athlete had to complete all the work before the next athlete could start on their run.

  • Freezing Hot CrossFit set the pace from the start in heat one finishing in 47:17
  • Heat two quickly turned into a two horse race between pre-competition favorites when both 64 Army Gold and CrossFit Urban’s first female athletes (Marnie Sykes and Katelin Van Zyl respectively) wasted no time putting distance between the rest of the heat.
  • Army Gold’s line up was too solid in the end. Clink Kohl, Madeline Shelling, and Dave Wiggin all proved to be too much for their respective challengers as they took the event win in what appeared to be a casual 44:31.

Standings After Day 1:

  1. Urban CrossFit (190) 
  2. 64 Army Gold (185)
  3. Reebok CrossFit Frankston (170)
  4. 64 Army Steel (150)
  5. Awaside (145)
  6. Wiser1 Phoenix (145)
  7. CrossFit Newstead (145)

The names we expected are all hovering near the top, but twenty points already separating third place from fourth place makes one wonder if the top three we’re seeing here are going to be the top three throughout the weekend? 

Men’s Division: 

Event 1: Reverse Triathlon (5K Run, 7K C2 Bike, 2K Row)

  • Luke McMahon, Luke De Jonge, and Will Kearney set the pace in heat one taking the top three spots
  • Only Bayden Brown in heat two would beat McMahon’s time. Matt Gilpin and James Newbury also had impressive performances. 

Event 2: Amanda 21 (21 Ring Muscle Ups, 21 Squat Snatches)

  • In an event that couldn’t be much different from its predecessor, an entirely new crop of athletes were looking to show out on this one. 
  • To no one’s surprise it was Zeke Grove taking this event in a blistering 2:49. 
  • Royce Dunne (3:09), Jay Crouch (3:10), and Ben Fowler (3:13) were next in line. 

Current Leaders: 

Consistency is the key on weekends like this, you don’t necessarily need wins to be in the lead, and after day one, a name no one was talking about heading into this weekend finds himself on top of the leaderboard:

  1. Matt Gilpin (172)
  2. Jay Crouch (164)
  3. Luke de Jonge (160)
  4. Luke McMahon (145)
  5. Rees Machell (136)
  6. William Kearney (136)
  7. Royce Dunne (133)
  8. Luke Fiso (132)
  9. Bayden Brown (128)
  10. Khan Porter (120) 

Women’s Division:

Event 1: Reverse Triathlon (5K Run, 7K C2 Bike, 2K Row)

  • Caitlin Danyi dominated heat one, beating everyone else by over a minute. 
  • Her time of 44:23 would only be beaten by Jessica Coughlan (43:41) and Ellie Turner (44:13) in heat two.
  • For Coughlan, this is her first individual event win at a competition of this caliber in her competitive career.

Event 2: Amanda 21 (21 Ring Muscle Ups, 21 Squat Snatches)

  • Veterans Kara Saunders (3:04), Alethea Boon (3:26), and Laura Clifton (3:55) took the top three spots. 
  • Boon was fastest off the muscle ups, but the prowess of Saunders on the squat snatches was too much for her to hold off once they both got to the barbell.
  • One of the popular Games picks, Madeilne Sturt, had her second underwhelming performance of the day. Both finishes outside the top 10 leave her in 13th overall with a lot of work needed to be done on the final two days should she want to get back to the Games for the fifth time.

Current Leaders: 

Don’t be surprised if Kara’s fourth place finish on event one is the worst finish she has in any event this weekend. She’s already in first despite the long endurance event accounting for half of today’s score; everyone else can focus on spots two and three. Currently occupying those spots are youngster Ellie Turner, a popular pick to make a splash this weekend, and Gemma Hauck, who very few were singling out as having Games potential, but had an impressive day one taking seventh and fifth respectively on the first two events.

  1. Kara Saunders – 188 points
  2. Ellie Turner – 172 points
  3. Gemma Hauck – 160 points
  4. Laura Clifton – 152 points
  5. Jessica Coughlan – 149 points
  6. Christee Bishop – 140 points
  7. Simone Arthur – 140 points
  8. Laken Watt – 137 points
  9. Justine Beath – 136 points
  10. Alethea Boon – 124 points

On Tap For Day 2: 

The structure for day two will be very similar to day one, only all divisions will take on three different tests on the middle day of competition. That means over forty percent of the points available are on the table on Saturday.

Teams will kick things off beginning at 9:00 AM locally (7:00 PM EST, 4:00 PM PST) with their version of the tribute workout Hann, followed by a two part event, the clean and jerk ladder, in which the men and women will be scored separately. 

Individuals will take the floor beginning at 12:30 PM locally for a series of three tests:

  • Hann: 12:30 PM local time, 10:30 PM EST, 7:30 PM PST
  • Double Trouble: 3:00 PM local time, 1:00 AM EST, 10:00 PM PST
  • Clean and Jerk Ladder: 5:00 PM local time, 3:00 AM EST, 12:00 AM PST

Three of the seven scored events in one day mean for athletes like Sturt, Boon, and Beath for the women, and Grove, Newbury, and Swan for the men, the time is now if they want to make a push for one of the coveted top three positions emerging from Oceania this year. 

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