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The second day of the 2020 CrossFit Games, with clearer skies and warmer temperatures, was 62 degrees in game time. The last five men and women entered the field at Morgan Hill Sports Complex for the first two events of the day, to be broadcast live on CBS Sports.
See training and the schedule for the third day at Morning Chalk Up CrossFit game portal.
Leaderboard, end of second day
- Mathew Fraser – 875 | Tia-Clair Toomey – 770
- Jeffrey Adler – 440 | Katrin Davidsdottir – 480
- Samuel Kwant – 415 | Kari Pearce – 455
- Justin Medeiros – 395 | Haley Adams – 415
- Noah Ohlsen – 395 | Brooke Wells – 400
Event 6: Toes-to-Bar / Lunge, Women’s Division
- By time:
- 30-20-10 reps
- From feet to bar
- Lunge Kettlebell (yards) (32 / 24kg)
- The keys to this event were to go fast and uninterrupted and not make mistakes. The women went up first and Tia-Clair Toomey sought to rebuild her points cushion after finishing fifth and third in the last two events on Friday.
- Toomey came out hot, keeping her toes on the bar tight and turning them quickly. Davidsdottir was the first to get off the pull-up bar, though: 40.3 with Toomey and Wells just 2 seconds ago.
- In the middle round, Toomey showed a strategy that would end up paying off in the stretch when she placed her kettlebells right in front of her pull-up bar instead of near the thrust starting line. This allowed her to return to the platform more quickly, a fact that allowed her to overtake Davidsdottir for the lead in the final round of 10.
- Toomey came out of the pull-up bar a repetition ahead of Davidsdottir and took that momentum into the final series of thrusts. Davidsdottir slowed down when it became clear that Toomey would cross the line first with a time of 3: 33.63 and recovering from Friday afternoon with 100 points. Davidsdottir finished second and because Adams finished last, he won a jump of 60 and passed second place on the leaderboard.
Event 6: Toes-to-Bar / Lunge, Men’s Division
- In the men’s heat, Noah Ohlsen came out with a strong force, leaving the reel 3 times ahead of Fraser at the mark: 40, with Fraser and Medeiros right behind.
- Ohlsen opened up a little advantage in the first 30 meters of charge, but Fraser used the same strategy as Toomey and dropped his kettlebells almost directly under his pull-up bar, allowing him to make a quick transition, starting his 20-finger series from foot to bar only one representative behind Ohlsen instead of several. It is worth mentioning that Medeiros was the only athlete to take advantage of this strategy.
- Ohlsen maintained a slight advantage over Fraser in the second series of strokes with Medeiros just behind. But after a slight stumble, Fraser overtook the challenger and was the first to reach the platform to start the final set.
- Fraser opened an advantage of 2 repetitions in the pull-up bar and stepped deep in the last ten meters of walking to win the event with the time of 3: 04.77. It was Fraser’s third consecutive victory in an event and the 24th in his career. Ohlsen finished second, followed by Medeiros in third.
Event 7: Snatch Speed Triple, Women’s Division
- By time:
- 1 snatch in each bar
- Quarterfinal round:
5 athletes, 1 minute limit
W 145-150-155 lb.
M 225-235-245 lb.
- Semifinal Round:
4 athletes, 2 minute limit
W 160-165-170 lb.
M 245-255-265 lb.
- Final Round:
3 athletes, 3 minute limit
W 175-180-185 lb.
M 265-275-285 lb.
- Aunt-Clair Toomey, with her Olympic background, entered this event as an obvious favorite, although neither Davidsdottir, who grabs well, especially at speed events, nor Wells could be counted.
- In the quarterfinal round, Toomey crossed all three dumbbells, power snatching each one and crossing the finish line at: 21.24, Wells seemed to be walking very slowly and had a three-way race to the end with Davidsdottir and Pearce . Adams struggled to raise the final bar and was eliminated.
- In the semifinal round, Toomey again crossed all three dumbbells, although she switched to a full snatch on the second bar at 160 pounds. Wells increased the pace, successfully completing all of his withdrawals, as did Davidsdottir. Pearce failed his first attempt at the final bar, sealing the deal for his elimination.
- In the final round, the story was the same for Toomey, she handled all three withdrawals without any problems and crossed over to win the event with a time of: 30.06. Wells took a measured step, successfully hit his elevators and took second place, while Davidsdottir missed the final bar with 185 pounds once before successfully completing the lift and finishing third.
- For Toomey, this was his second victory in the morning’s events, expanding his leadership and extending his total career event record to 21.
Event 7: Snatch Speed Triple, Men’s Division
- As the men climbed onto the competition floor, Fraser was once again the favorite, but commentators noted that Jeffrey Adler had “ended the bid”, saying he would win the event.
- In the quarterfinal round, Fraser accelerated all three elevators at a breakneck pace with Adler close behind. The pair ended the round at: 21.04 and: 21.17. Ohlsen and Medeiros failed in the final bar, but Ohlsen managed to recover faster and crossed the finish line, advancing to the semifinals, while Medeiros was eliminated.
- In the semifinals, Fraser once again hit the three lifts, ending at: 25.47. The other three athletes fought in the final bar. Kwant and then Adler succeeded and crossed the finish line, eliminating Ohlsen from the finals.
- Fraser’s race in the final round was not so clean, he failed once on the final bar with 285 pounds, recovering quickly, however, he was able to hold on to a strong Jeffrey Adler who came in second. Samuel Kwant finished third overall.
- The victory was Fraser’s fourth consecutive victory, which tied Toomey’s record of consecutive victories.
Event 8: Bicycle Repeater, Women’s Division
- By time:
- 10 rounds
- 440 meter bike race
- 1 rope climbing without legs (15 feet)
- The keys to the Bike Repeater were to handle the bike well in turns and transitions, and to control grip and fatigue from pulling the upper body.
- In the 3-2-1-Go, Katrin Davidsdottir left for a quick lead on the bike, but in the second round, Tia-Clair Toomey took over.
- In the fourth round, Pearce and Adams were fighting for second place, while Toomey opened up a big advantage, while Brooke Wells seemed to fight and slow down.
- In the second half of the race, it was clear that no one could catch Toomey as she went through her transitions and climbs. And in the eighth round, Adams passed Pearce.
- Toomey finished with 17: 37.51 for the event’s victory, his third consecutive and the 22nd event victory in his career. Adams came in second, Pearce in third, Davidsdottir, who has struggled with legless rope climbs in the past, came in fourth. Wells finished last, just over a minute later.
Event 8: Bicycle Repeater, Men’s Division
- Justin Medeiros took the lead in the first round, demonstrating skill on the bike and transitions. During the first half of the race, he, Fraser and Ohlsen were tied.
- In the fifth round, however, Ohlsen had dropped to fifth place at the back of the pack.
- The race heated up in the final three rounds. In the eighth, Adler climbed and overtook Medeiros on the bike loop, then, in the ninth round, challenged Fraser on a bike and even overtook the leader for a moment at the end of the climb on the legless rope.
- Fraser leaned forward on his bike in the tenth and final round, holding Adler in the final stretch and uphill. Fraser won the event with a time of 12:54,76, with Alder close behind at 12:56,35.
- The victory was Fraser’s fifth consecutive victory, breaking the record set by Tia-Clair Toomey yesterday. Securing another 100 points, Fraser reached the last fight of the day with a 390 point advantage over Jeffrey Adler and a 395 point advantage over Justin Medeiros.
Event 9: Happy Star, Women’s Division
- By time:
- Hill run from 200 to 300 meters
- 5-7-9-11 repetitions of:
W 95-105-110-115 lb
M 135-145-155-165 lb
- The athletes returned to the Ranch for the final event on the second day. Announced just before starting, an interesting component was the variable hill runs. Instead of repeating a single loop, athletes were forced to start each round with a different run.
- The women went up first and the race started fast and furious with Brooke Wells taking off on the first climb. Aunt-Clair Toomey stayed close and after finishing the first round of burpees on a beam 30 “above the ground, Wells received no repetition on her first thruster.
- Toomey and Wells fought at a breakneck pace during the second and third rounds. Haley Adams remained strong in third place in the third round, but dropped to fifth place at the end of the fourth round.
- Wells tried to make a move in the fourth round, advancing up the hill, but Toomey stayed close and they both started the final 11 burpees at the same time. But it soon became clear that Wells had redefined his pace and failed several propulsive repetitions, dropping to single repetitions at the end. Toomey crossed the finish line at 8: 42.59 and while Wells was fighting, Pearce and Davidsdottir finished the event in second and third, respectively.
- The victory of the event gave Toomey a clean sweep for the day.
Event 9: Happy Star, Men’s Division
- A family history unfolded on the male side when Samuel Kwant took the lead on the first climb, but Fraser stayed close and took the lead in the second round, when Medeiros settled in third.
- Pressing the pace, Fraser opened a command lead at the end of the thrusters in the third round and was able to cross to the fourth and final victory of the event on the day with a time of 8: 18.21.
- Kwant avoided a late charge from Adler and the pair finished second and third, separated by 7 seconds. Ohlsen took third place, while Madeiros, who faded in the last race on the hill, finished last.
- The event’s win gave Fraser six consecutive event wins and a clean win on the day. He also brought the total number of victories in his career events to 27.