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Gabi Migala, Emma Lawson Continue Their Fight for the Final Rogue Invitational Podium Position on Sunday Morning

October 29, 2023 by
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Most eyes this weekend have been on the battle for the top spot between the reigning CrossFit Games champion Laura Horvath and the six-time champ Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr making her debut after having a baby, but a second battle has been quietly unfolding beside them: A fight for bronze between Gabi Migala and 18-year-old Emma Lawson.

Remind me: The two women have largely sat in third and fourth all weekend, and have taken turns beating each other since Thursday evening’s first event. Migala took that one, but Event 2 on Friday went to Lawson, and Event 3 went back to Migala.

  • Saturday: Lawson, the 2023 CrossFit Games silver medalist, beat Migala on Events 4 and 5, but Migala got Lawson on Event 6, making it three events for Lawson and three for Migala, and giving Lawson a 20-point lead over Migala heading into this morning.
  • Sunday morning: Migala moved confidently through the out-and-back event featuring calories on the Echo bike and some odd objects, hanging close to Horvath the whole time and finishing second overall, while Lawson finished seventh. The performance helped Migala jump back into third, while Lawson dropped to fourth.

Worth noting: After seven events, Lawson has three top five finishes while Migala has just two, and neither has a finish lower than 11th. But should the weekend finish in a points tie, Migala currently has the edge, as her highest finish is second, while Lawson’s best result so far is fourth.

The big picture: With two events to go, Migala has four, Lawson has three, and just five points separate them. But there’s only room for one of them on the podium.

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