Tia Clair Toomey, 26, is back in the lead at the Wodapalooza crossfit sanctional in Miami as the competition enters the final day. She won the first event “shark bait” and came fourth and fourth in two rounds of “nine lives”.

Wodapalooza, running from February 20 to 23, is one of the most competitive sanctionals of the year. Toomey was sitting in second place, behind Icelander Sara Sigmundsdottir, 27, after day two. Sigmundsdottir finished third in the CrossFit Games in 2015 and 2016. Toomey has won the Games three times in a row, more than any other woman.

During shark bait, athletes completed 84 alternative single leg squats, lifted 150lb (68kg) or 100lb (45kg) balls for men and women respectively, over their shoulders, swam 300 metres, then finished with three rounds of 28 alternative single-leg squats and seven over the shoulder balls.

For nine lives, the athletes had to start a workout every minute, on the minute, which involved chest to bar pull ups, clean and jerks, touching toes off a bar from which they hung, and snatches.

Sigmundsdottir came 10th in shark bait and second in both rounds of nine lives.

Overall, Toomey is in first, Sigmundsdottir in second and American Kari Pearce, 30, sits in third entering the final day on Sunday.

American Cole Sager overtook Travis Williams to claim top spot on the men’s side.

Sager came third, second and seventh in the day’s workouts, which was enough to overtake surprise package Williams.

Williams, 27, has never finished higher than 23rd at the Games, so to see him top after the first two days was a bit of a shock. But order has restored as Sager, 29, who’s highest finish at the Games is fifth, went top and pre-tournament favourite Patrick Vellner, 29, from Canada, moved into second place. Williams has dropped to third.