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Ricky Garard Repeats, Fikowski and Kwant Round Out Podium on Men’s Side

January 12, 2024 by
Photo Credit: Enrique Villasenor, https://www.instagram.com/evillmediasports/
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The 2024 TYR Wodapalooza Miami is officially over for the Indy Divisions and Ricky Garard took his second straight victory by a handful of points over Brent Fikowski.

Final Leaderboard:

  1. Ricky Garard
  2. Brent Fikowski
  3. Samuel Kwant
  4. Patrick Vellner
  5. Jack Farlow
  6. Samuel Cournoyer
  7. James Sprague
  8. Roman Khrennikov
  9. Guilherme Malheiros
  10. Spencer Panchik

But with all of the wild swings on the leaderboard throughout the weekend, how did we get here?

Garard’s Path to the (Repeat) Championship

After a 13th-place finish in “Elite Indy Event 1: ‘Double or Nothin’” Garard went on to have five straight top-five finishes.

Although Garard had a strong fifth-place finish on the first event of Day 2 in “Elite Indy Event 4: Wipe Out,” he gave up some ground on the leaderboard to the men who were chasing him as Brent Fikowski finished in second and Samuel Kwant finished in third.

This made things extremely tight going into the final event, where Kwant trailed Garard by only 12 total points and Fikowski trailed Kwant by only 10.5.

In the final event, Fikowski made a late charge and took first in the event, propelling him ahead of Kwant and into second overall.

Garard did enough by finishing in second in the final, keeping himself in first on the overall leaderboard, just 19.5 points ahead of Fikowski.

Other Notable Events

Patrick Vellner and Roman Khrennikov, who many expected to go first and second. Both failed to make the podium, and they each had one of the worst live competition finishes of their careers.

Last year’s CrossFit Games rookies, Jack Farlow and James Sprague, had a phenomenal competition, as they each secured a spot in the top 10.

Fun fact: Four out of the top six men on the leaderboard hailed from Canada — Fikowski, Vellner, Farlow, and Cournoyer.

Some Final Thoughts

Ricky Garard earned the right to start the 2024 season as the big (Under)dog heading into the Games season next month.

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