Tia-Clair Toomey and Sara Sigmundsdottir are level on points after the first two workouts at the Wodapalooza CrossFit sanctional in Miami.
The first workout, called Luce, involved a 1km run, 10 muscle-ups for the men and seven for the women, and 100 squats, all while wearing a weighted rucksack. In the second, Miami Heat, athletes had to burn 30 calories for men, 20 for women, on the assault bike and do 30ft of overhead weighed walking lunges as quickly as possible.
Toomey (Australia) won Luce and Sigmundsdottir (Iceland) finished third. Then Sigmundsdottir won Miami Heat and Toomey came third.
Wodapalooza is one of the most hotly contest sanctionals of the CrossFit season, taking place in Miami, US, between February 20 and 23.
Toomey, 26, has won the CrossFit Games three years in a row, earning herself the title Fittest on Earth. She has won the competition more times than any other woman.
The winner of each sanctional event earns a spot at the CrossFit Games, but many of the athletes at Wodapalooza have already won a spot at other sanctionals or via the Open.
Sigmundsdottir won her spot at the Games in Dublin, in November, at the Filthy 150 sanctional. Her highest finish at the Games is third, in 2015 and 2016. The 27-year-old is a crowd favourite in CrossFit and has the potential to win the Games.
Relatively unknown American athlete Travis Williams, 27, sits atop the men. He finished fourth and second respectively in the two workouts, which was enough to overshadow the likes of pre-tournament favourite Patrick Vellner, 29.
Williams is followed by compatriot Cole Sager, 29, in second, and Vellner, of Canada, in third.
Williams’ highest finish at the Games as an individual is 23rd, and he has come sixth in a team.
Vellner came second at the Games in 2018.