Summary: Day 3 of the CrossFit Games saw athletes compete in events that tested their strength, stamina and endurance. With new obstacles to tackle and a grueling schedule, the competitors pushed themselves to their limits. Here we break down some of the highlights from the day’s events.
1. Sprint Relay
The Sprint Relay was the first event of the day and it did not disappoint. Teams of four athletes (two men, two women) had to complete a 1,000-foot sprint carrying sandbags and then navigate their way through a series of obstacles. The teams were seeded based on their performance on Day 2, with the highest-ranked team starting last.
The atmosphere was electric as the teams raced to complete the course. There were some spills and fumbles along the way, but all teams gave it their all. In the end, it was the team of Rich Froning, Mat Fraser, Tia-Clair Toomey, and Kara Saunders who took first place, finishing almost 30 seconds ahead of second-place finishers.
It was an incredible display of teamwork and athleticism and set the tone for the rest of the day’s events.
2. Handstand Walk
The Handstand Walk was one of the most anticipated events of the day. Athletes had to walk on their hands for a distance of 120 feet, with a time cap of six minutes. The event was made even more challenging by the fact that the course included several turns and obstacles.
The athletes approached the event with different strategies – some opted for a cautious, slow and steady approach while others went all out, relying on their upper body strength to propel them forward. The audience was on the edge of their seats as they cheered on their favorite competitors.
In the end, it was Mat Fraser who clinched first place, completing the course in just over a minute. Haley Adams and Amanda Barnhart took second and third place respectively. It was an impressive display of skill and athleticism and a testament to the hard work these athletes put in day in and day out.
3. Split Triplet
The Split Triplet was one of the most grueling events of the day. Athletes had to complete six rounds of a 400-meter run, seven muscle-ups, and a set of dumbbell hang split snatches. The event was a test of endurance and strength, and the athletes were pushed to their limits.
The audience watched in awe as the competitors battled their way through each round. There were moments of triumph and moments of struggle, but all the athletes exhibited incredible determination and grit.
In the end, it was Brent Fikowski who took first place, finishing the event with an impressive time of just over 23 minutes. Tia-Clair Toomey and Annie Thorisdottir took second and third place respectively, putting on an amazing display of strength and endurance.
Mary is a classic CrossFit benchmark workout that tests an athlete’s gymnastic skills. The workout consists of five handstand push-ups, ten alternating single-leg squats, and 15 pull-ups. Athletes had to complete as many rounds as possible within the time cap of 20 minutes.
The athletes approached the workout with different strategies, some opting for a slower pace while others went all out from the beginning. The workout was a true test of skill and endurance.
It was Laura Horvath who took first place, completing 19 rounds plus 11 reps. Annie Thorisdottir and Brooke Wells took second and third place respectively, with both athletes completing 19 rounds plus nine reps. It was an inspiring display of strength and perseverance.
5. Sprint Course
The last event of the day was the Sprint Course, which saw athletes navigate a series of obstacles over a distance of 400 meters. The course included a variety of challenges, from sprinting up and down a steep hill to navigating a balance beam over water.
The athletes had to draw on all their skills and experience to complete the course as quickly as possible. The audience was on the edge of their seats as they cheered on the competitors, watching them push themselves to the limit.
In the end, it was Tia-Clair Toomey who claimed first place, finishing the course in just over two minutes. Haley Adams and Brooke Wells took second and third place respectively, finishing within seconds of each other.
Day 3 of the CrossFit Games was a true test of skill, strength, and endurance. The athletes put on a spectacular display of athleticism, pushing themselves to their limits and beyond. From the Sprint Relay to the Sprint Course, every event was a challenge that tested the competitors in different ways.
The performances were inspiring, and it was clear to see the hard work and dedication that these athletes put in day in and day out. The CrossFit Games serve as a reminder that strength and fitness come in many forms, and that the power of the human body and spirit should never be underestimated.
Congratulations to all the athletes who competed on Day 3 – you are an inspiration to us all!