Patrick Vellner and Tia-Clair Toomey stormed to victory at Wodapalooza in Miami to secure their places at the 2019 CrossFit Games.
Canada’s Vellner, who was runner-up in Madison last summer to Mat Fraser, finished with 642 points after winning the “Circus Act” and taking second place in the final event, the “Robin”.
He ended the competition 124 points ahead of his closest challenger, Travis Mayer, in the men’s standings. Noah Olsen rounded out the top three.
Men’s leader board
Vellner was first in four minutes and 34 seconds in the Circus Act. Athletes had to perform three sets of a 40-feet handstand walk followed by barbell snatches (five snatches in the first set, then three, then one).
Ohlsen was second in 4:52, and Ryan Reeves – who finished 20th overall – was third in 4:54. Mayer took victory in the final event in 7:50, ahead of Vellner (7:59) and Ohlsen (8:04).
Athletes had to perform the following sequence: 50 chest to bar pulls ups; cycle on an echo bike for calories (12 for men, eight for women); six barbell cleans; echo bike; six cleans; echo bike; six cleans; then finally a 60-feet heavy axle bar front rack lunge (92 kilograms for men, 64kg for women).
Toomey was dominant again among the women – she finished second in Circus Act (3:38), which was won by American Dani Speegle in (3:17) and rounded out the weekend in style by winning the Robin (7:24).
Australia’s two-time defending women’s CrossFit Games champion finished up with 676 points, 100 points ahead of second-placed Kari Pearce of the US, who was third in Circus Act (3:58) and sixth in the final event (8:25).
Sara Sigmundsdottir of Iceland was third overall, after finishing ninth in the Circus Act (5:34) and third in the Robin (7:57).
Toomey and Vellner now join Fraser and Samantha Briggs in the elite men’s and women’s fields for August’s CrossFit Games.
Fraser and Briggs won the individual competitions at the first qualifying “Sanctional” of the new CrossFit Games season in Dubai.