Atalanta: “The Most Difficult CrossFit Games Event to Date”

Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey headed into the final workout of the 2020 CrossFit Games, Atalanta, with an insurmountable lead. They were 460 and 380 points ahead of second place respectively.

Dave Castro still wanted to make sure every athlete finished what he described as “the most difficult final of any Games, if not the most difficult event, to date.” During the event announcement and briefing, Adrian Bozman, Head Judge, warned athletes about a final rule: “if you want to get on the podium, you have to finish this event.”

CrossFit Games 2020 – Atalanta

For Time:

  • 1-mile run
  • 100 handstand push-ups
  • 200 single-leg squats
  • 300 pull-ups
  • 1-mile run

W 14-lb. vest // M 20-lb. vest

Athletes must wear a weight vest. Reps must be completed unpartitioned — i.e., all 100 handstand push-ups must be completed before moving on to the single-leg squats, etc.

The mash-up of Murph and Mary – both workouts that have featured in past CrossFit Games – “Atalanta” is the longest final event in Games history.

Most athletes started in a tight pack on the first mile run, with exception of Adams and Pearce, who ran ahead of everyone and reached the handstand push-ups first.

The top 10 athletes were well into the 100 handstand push-ups by the 10-minute mark. After 12 minutes, Pearce was done with the move and set off to start the single-leg squats. Moving steadily through the 200 reps, she was the first athlete to start on the pull-ups.

Meanwhile, Fraser led the men’s field. The leader performed each rep and took breaks at the same time as Toomey, who sat third in the women’s field.

With over a hundred pull-ups to go, Adam’s hands started bleeding. She was overtaken by Davidsdottir. Pearce reached the last 100 pull-ups at the 33-minute mark, sweating hard and clearly pushing to her limit. Davidsdottir looked like she might catch up with Pearce, but it was Pearce – who beat all athletes during last year’s Mary – who hit the run first.

She was followed by Davidsdottir and Ohlsen. Toomey and Fraser, together, were the next athletes to start on the final mile run.

The pair overtook Ohlsen and while the men’s lead moved to Fraser, Pearce pushed the pace of her run, ensuring she wasn’t going to get caught and securing her first event win for the weekend.

Pearce didn’t only finish the workout ahead of every athlete, but secured her first CrossFit Games podium spot with her victory.

“I liked that workout,” she said on the floor seconds after finishing, with an astounding time of 47:56.68.

Davidsdottir crossed the finish line as the second woman and second athlete overall. She was followed by Fraser and Toomey who, in their matching white and red jerseys, crossed the finish line hand in hand.

2020 CrossFit Games Atalanta Leaderboard

1. Kari Pearce (47:56.68) 1. Mat Fraser (51:46.66)
2. Katrin Davidsdottir (49:09.96) 2. Noah Ohlsen (52:24.75)
3. Tia-Clair Toomey (51:46.72) 3. Justin Medeiros (53:18.87)
4. Haley Adams (52:56.60) 4. Jeffrey Adler (57:28.45)
5. Brooke Wells (1:00:19.01) 5. Samuel Kwant (1:05:39.80)

Watch the final event of the 2020 CrossFit Games, Atalanta

2020 CrossFit Games Overall Leaderboard

1. Tia-Clair Toomey (1025) 1. Mat Fraser (1150)
2. Katrin Davidsdottir (665) 2. Samuel Kwant (605)
3. Kari Pearce (585) 3. Justin Medeiros (560)
4. Haley Adams (560) 4. Noah Ohlsen (540)
5. Brooke Wells (525) 5. Jeffrey Adler (505)

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