Patrick Vellner and Tia-Clair Toomey were the clear favourites coming into Wodapalooza and they haven’t disappointed, stretching their leads at the top of the standings in Miami on Saturday.
The duo are now well-poised to book their ticket early to the 2019 CrossFit Games, with Wodapalooza acting as one of 15 new “Sanctional” qualifying events.
Two-time defending CrossFit Games champion Toomey is 40 points ahead of her nearest challenger, Kristin Holte, after winning both workouts on day two.
The Australian finished event No 5, the “Ski School”, in nine minutes and 26 seconds, beating out Sara Sigmundsdottir (09:35) and Colleen Fotsch (09:37).
She then conquered the “Ocho Chipper” in 08:45 ahead of Sigmundsdottir (09:39) and Kari Pearce (09:46).
Women’s leader board
Vellner, who was runner-up to Mat Fraser at last summer’s Games and on the podium in 2016 and 2017, is almost out of sight heading into day three.
After five workouts, the Canadian now sits 56 points ahead of his nearest challenger, Travis Mayer.
This was despite finishing seventh in Ski School (10:28), with Lukas Esslinger of Switzerland winning (09:39) ahead of Mayer (09:53) and Noah Ohlsen (09:54).
But Vellner came back strongly to finish second in the Ocho Chipper (10:42) behind Dakota Rager (10:30), who sits in third overall.
Men’s leader board
For Ski School, athletes were required to jump on a Ski Erg for calories (40 for men/30 for women) before a 250-metre swim. Following the path back to the rope station, athletes performed three sets of 50 double unders, before another Ski Erg.
The Ocho Chipper saw athletes perform the following sequence: 30/20 bar muscle-ups; 30 barbell hand power cleans (75kg/52kg); 30 deficit handstand push-ups; 30 front squats; 30 toes-to-bar from full hang position; 30 barbell shoulder-to-overheads.
Vellner and Toomey are unlikely to be stopped heading into Sunday, where athletes will compete in the “Circus Act” and “Robin” workouts.