Justin Medeiros’ peacocking at the CrossFit Games 2020 finals shows he has what it takes to become the “Fittest on Earth”, he just needs a few more years for his brawn to match his brain. The 21-year-old is competing in his first Games and is sitting in second after an impressive opening day. The fact he has made the top five is impressive enough. But Medeiros has taken it all in his stride. Perhaps he is not experienced enough to know he is meant to be nervous. Ignorance is bliss. With his flowing mullet, awesome retro sunglasses and weightlifting trousers, he looks like a 1980s movie hero and matches it with his swaggering attitude. “To beat Mat Fraser you just got to be going really, really fast, and you have to be going really, really hard. People have been trying to figure that out now for the past four or five years,” Medeiros said before the finals on a YouTube video by Buttery Bros , the team in charge of the Games’ documentary. What is the CrossFit Games 2020 prize money? And he was as good as his word. In the first event – 1,500m row, five rounds of 10 muscle-ups and seven 106kg shoulder-to-overheads – Medeiros went hard. He came second, just eight seconds behind Fraser. A late surge to narrow the gap showed Medeiros has a lot of fight about him. Medeiros finished last in the next two events. But that’s not important for now. What sets him apart is his disregard for anyone else in the field. A man with a mullet clearly has a plan. Justin Medeiros broke the handstand walking in Event 4 into 5-yard increments, pacing his way to second in Handstand Sprint behind @mathewfras . The rookie sits five points behind Jeff Adler after four events. pic.twitter.com/5wsV0fhgEU — The CrossFit Games (@CrossFitGames) October 23, 2020 It might be a facade, but Medeiros seems intent on marching to the beat of his own drum. He could be working out by himself or in front of 10,000 fans, he’d still be as cool as a cucumber behind his shades. He event kept the glasses on for the handstand sprint. He’s not even bothered by gravity. Everyone else is looking sideways at Fraser, wondering how they can match the reigning champion (and rarely managing it). Medeiros is asking himself how he can be the best and it’s like no one else is there. There was no better example than the handstand walk. Medeiros finished second, six seconds behind Fraser. Medeiros clearly had a plan – he broke every five yards and launched back into the walk. Mat Fraser’s life-changing moment from complacency to CrossFit champion For someone with so little experience, it would be easy to be sucked into attempting to go unbroken when he looked ahead and saw Fraser going unbroken for 80 yards. He stuck to his plan. The only other person who has a complete disregard for everyone else on the competition floor is four-time champion Fraser himself. That is what makes Fraser so great and could elevate the rookie, too. Getting fit takes time, and being so young Medeiros has by definition had less time. So he is behind the others in some regards physically. Typically, younger athletes struggle with out-and-out strength, so it is no surprise he came last on the one-rep max combined lift. How Davidsdottir and Toomey stay hungry after winning CrossFit Games That will come with time. Medeiros’ attitude was on display again during the 5km trail run. He stuck with Fraser and then overtook him. There was little technique to any of the athletes’ trail running, it was just a measure of pure grit. When running downhill Medeiros looked like a rag doll and it was probably the only part of the day he did not look cool. Medeiros finished in second and then CrossFit Games director Dave Castro gave them a surprise. They had to do the course again in reverse. Fraser thought it was a joke, but Medeiros was unfazed and turned around for another lap. Medeiros worked hard all over again and stuck to Fraser like glue. Fraser pulled away in the last few hundred metres to win, but there was no questioning Medeiros ability to dig deep. CrossFit’s Justin Medeiros on his beautiful mullet To maintain his incredible rise in the sport and really challenge for the title, he needs to be himself. He probably will not win this year so he might take a look sideways at the champ and compare himself. This is to be avoided. On the first day of the finals, it looked like anything you threw at Medeiros he’d shrug it off and give it his all, come hell or high water. If he manages to keep his cocky indifference, then this young rookie is destined for big things.