The first stage of the 2020 CrossFit Games kicked off on Friday morning for athletes around the world.
After four workouts, reigning CrossFit Games Champions Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey sit atop of the leaderboard.
Athletes faced thrusters and chest to bar pull-ups, a 1-rep-max front squat, deadlifts and strict deficit handstand push ups, and a 1km row.
The first stage of the CrossFit Games is being held remotely, as 30 men and 30 women compete to establish the top 5 athletes who will be invited to an in-person final to crown the Fittest on Earth.
CROSSFIT GAMES LEADERBOARD DAY 1
|1) Tia-Clair Toomey (380)||1) Mathew Fraser (360)|
|2) Brooke Wells (332)||2) Noah Ohlsen (281)|
|3) Amanda Barnhart (281)||3) Bayden Brown (280)|
|4) Kara Saunders (271)||4) Jeffrey Adler (262)|
|5) Dani Speegle (260)||5) Jonne Koski (245)|
|6) Kristine Best (236)||6) Justin Medeiros (236)|
|7) Haley Adams (233)||7) Chandler Smith (235)|
|8) Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (214)||8) Patrick Vellner (219)|
|9) Kristin Holte (213)||9) Scott Tetlow (218)|
|10) Andrea Nisler (213)||10) Samuel Cournoyer (216)|
Full leaderboard here.
CROSSFIT GAMES DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS
Tia Toomey is the first athlete to have won the opening three workouts of the CrossFit Games, with dominating finishes in Friendly Fran, the 1-rep-max front squat and Damn Diane.
Mat Fraser also won the opening CrossFit Games workout with an impressive 3:08 finishing time, he was followed by Noah Ohlsen (3:55) and Scott Tetlow (3:58).
A remarkable performance from Griffin Roelle, nicknamed CrossFit Thor, got him his first CrossFit Games win for the second event. The American athlete front squatted a mind blowing 490lb within a few seconds from the time cap, a good 33lb more than second place Tyler Christophel.
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@crossfitgames Day 1 Some highs and lows. Lessons learned, definitely things to work on. But here’s a #490 from squat for my first Games event win. Proud of my efforts and the opportunity God has given me, but got a long way to go to catch up to the best. I have the best support group. Just look at those signs instead of me yelling LFG 😂😂😂 To be honest, I haven’t squatted heavy in over 4 years bc of a football injury that makes it painful to squat. So I do accessory work instead and didn’t know what I would squat today. A lot of strength training in my past years of football give me the ability to lift heavy things when necessary #crossfitgames #crossfit #TrainlikeThor #Batman
Watch the highlights from the women’s competition
Damn Diane, the third event of the day featuring deadlifts and strict deficit handstand push-ups, saw Toomey and Fraser run away with the wins again. Notably, Laura Horvath was the only athlete unable to finish the event.
Roman Khrennikov finally got to compete after three years of qualifying to the CrossFit Games. The Russian athlete, who has faced trouble obtaining a US visa to compete at the Games the past two years, landed his first Games event win during the 1,000m row with an extraordinary time of 2:48.90.
There are a great many Games veterans sitting towards the bottom of the leaderboard, most notably Brent Fikowski (24th), Jacob Heppner (23rd) and Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson (17th) on the men’s side and Sara Sigmundsdottir (25th), Sam Briggs (22nd), Laura Horvath (21st) and Jamie Simmonds (17th) on the women’s side.
Watch the 2020 CrossFit Games recaps
Block 1 Friday – 2020 CrossFit Games
Catch up on the live feed to listen to athlete interviews, background, and analysis: