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Tia-Clair Dominates Women’s Quarterfinals; Men’s Division Has Surprises

The results of the Quarterfinals are still not official – CrossFit Inc. still has to validate all scores submitted – but it is safe to say that Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr has dominated the playfield once again. The athlete from New Zealand has continued her great form from the Open and has put her mark in the Quarterfinals. In the men’s division, a few surprises stand out, such as the difference between 1st and 2nd heaviest load on test 4.

Tia-Clair is the reigning four-time CrossFit Games champion, but managed to win her first CrossFit Open just a few days ago. At the end of the Quarterfinals, it is safe to say she is on the right track to add a fifth CrossFit Games title to her résumé, and that is because she crushed the Quarterfinals compared to athletes worldwide.

Although the list is not official yet, Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr has guaranteed a spot to the Semifinals, the last stop before the CrossFit Games. The cutlines for individual athletes to go through the semifinals are divided by continent. Here is the breakdown from each continent and how many athletes will qualify:

  • North America – top 120 men and 120 women
  • Europe – top 60 men and 60 women
  • Africa – top 30 men and 30 women
  • South America – top 30 men and 30 women
  • Oceania – top 30 men and 30 women
  • Asia – 30 men and 30 women

To learn everything about all 10 Semifinal events, click here.

crossfit 2021 semifinalsSource: Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr Quarterfinals’ Dominance Is Surreal

The results are not officially over, but Tia-Clair has put her name on the top spot among all female competitors in the world.

The leaderboard, which you can check here sees Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr as the top athlete in Oceania. BOXROX compared her numbers with every athlete from the other continents and discovered that she would make the cutline in every continent possible with her 2021 Quarterfinals’ numbers.

There were five Quarterfinals tests, four of them were “for time”, while test 4 was max load of 4-rep-max front squat. Check out Tia-Clair’s numbers.

Tia-Clair Dominates QuarterfinalsSource: CrossFit Inc.

Compared to athletes from other continents, Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr was also the fastest on tests 1 and 2. On test 3 (her lowest mark) she would finish 83rd fastest time worldwide.

Test 4 saw her lifting the 10th heaviest load in the world. Finally, in the last test, Tia-Clair was only beaten by two other women in the world, Danielle Brandon (from the United States)  and Gabriella Moratti (from Brazil).

Worldwide Fittest Woman on Earth – Quarterfinals Edition

BOXROX compared every woman on every continent to come up with the fastest time in each test and the heaviest load on test 4.

We have already seen that Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr dominated the Quarterfinals, but who was best individually in each test. Check it out:

Test 1

  • Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr (New Zealand) – 6’27’’

Test 2

  • Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr (New Zealand) – 14’37’’

Test 3

  • Ellie Turner – New Zealand – 9’11’’

Test 4

  • Lee Keyrouz – South Africa – 315lbs

Test 5

  • Danielle Brandon – United States – 2’23’’

Surprises and Curiosities On Men’s Division

The Quarterfinals for men were less dominant for one or another athlete. With Mat Fraser out of CrossFit competitions, it is still much in the air who could win this year’s title of Fittest Man on Earth.

Not a single athlete managed to have the best number in two tests or more, unlike Tia-Clair did in the women’s division. The only dominance seen in the men’s division was that athletes from the United States recorded the best results in four of the five tests proposed.

The only household names featured on the fittest are Americans Justin Medeiros and Tola Morakinyo. Justin Medeiros, 2020 rookie of the year, managed to get himself the fastest result among men in every continent on test 2. Tola Morakinyo, the fastest on test 4, has participated in CrossFit Games three times (2017-2019) in the team division.

Justin Medeiros Games 2020Source: Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

Worldwide Fittest Man on Earth – Quarterfinals Edition

Test 1

  • Jake Berman – United States – 6’18’’

Test 2

  • Justin Medeiros – United States – 13’46’’

Test 3

  • Jayson Hopper – United States – 7’45’’

Test 4

  • Alexandru Popa – Italy – 645lbs

Test 5

  • Tola Morakinyo – United States – 1’48’’

Incredible Squatting Power

Although it is difficult to claim who was the best male athlete overall during the Quarterfinals, it is easy to know who was the strongest, and that would be Italian Alexandru Popa.

According to the Quarterfinals leaderboard, he managed to front squat 645 pounds (around 293 kilos). The second heaviest load in the leaderboard across all continents is from Sam Perrett, a New Zealand athlete, who lifted 565 pounds.

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