Mat Fraser has been penalised by CrossFit Games organisers because he dropped a weight during the Ruck run. He finished the 6km race in 24 minutes, 50 seconds and nine milliseconds, but now has an official time of 25:50.09.

Fraser’s penalty bounce-back at CrossFit Games shows his mental strength

The defending champion was rounding a corner when the bouncing movement of his run caused one of his weights to fall out of his rucksack. The Ruck run was a 6km race consisting of four 1.5km laps. After each lap, competitors increased the load they were carrying from 20lb, to 30lb, 40lb and 50lb.

Fraser still had the overall lead, but his 24-point lead over Noah Ohlsen was reduced to two. In the next event, Ohlsen won, took 100 points and found himself in first place overall at the end of day two. Three-time champion Fraser was in a dominant position after day one, winning both events easily but seemed less comfortable due to a couple of mistakes on day two.

“Today wasn’t the cleanest run I’ve had, but it is what it is, and hopefully I can hit the ground running tomorrow and keep the ball rolling,” Fraser said at the end of the day.

Australian Matt McLeod wins the second event on day two

Aside from the weight problem, he also had a hiccup when trying to push a sledge on the Sprint Couplet. Fraser’s sledge almost tipped over as he drove it forward.

Fraser has dominated the sport of CrossFit over the past three seasons, and looks to win his fourth consecutive CrossFit Games title.

A win this year would put him in elite company alongside Rich Froning, who has won the men’s competition four times. Froning now only competes in the team event, and his squad, Mayhem Freedom, lead the Games after two days of competition.

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