Meet the CrossFit Games 2019 Winner and Fittest Woman On Earth, Tia-Clair Toomey
Proof that Aussies continue to take over the fitness world.
You don't need to WOD on the regular to enjoy the annual Reebok CrossFit Games. Athletes show up from all around the world for a chance at becoming the Fittest Man or Woman on Earth, putting on a show that's impressive even to those who've never set foot in a box. (One year, there was even a CrossFit Games wedding!)
The 2019 CrossFit Games were no exception. Australian athlete Tia-Clair Toomey just claimed her place as the Fittest Woman on Earth for the third year in a row (!!!), setting a record as the first woman to win three titles—and consecutively, at that. If she continues her domination next year, that'll put her on par with the "Fittest Man In History," Roch Froning, who won four back-to-back individual CrossFit Games championships from 2011 to 2014.
There's no questioning that she could do it again. Toomey's resumé is crazy impressive: Even before she snagged the top spots in 2017 and 2018, she finished as runner-up in 2016 and 2015, both years behind Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir of Iceland. She also made her Olympic debut in 2016, representing Australia at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, taking fifth in her group for the sport of Olympic weightlifting (a staple in CrossFit workouts, ICYDK). (These benefits of Olympic weightlifting might convince you to give it a try yourself.) That made her the first-ever athlete to compete at both the Games and the Olympics in the same year.
But just because Toomey consistently puts on a show doesn't mean this year was any less remarkable: She demolished the competition during the Split Triplet (five rounds of a pegboard ascent, 100 double-unders, 10 hang split snatches, and 10 hang clean and jerks, all in 20 minutes) and The Standard (30 clean and jerks, 30 muscle-ups, and 30 snatches with 135 lbs), nabbing first place for each workout.
That's not all. She was also the first finisher of the Swim Paddle (a 1,000-m swim and 1,000-m paddle), even beating the top male finisher Matt McLeod and collegiate swimmer Amanda Barnhart. Her weightlifting skills came in handy when the athletes were tasked with performing heavy one-rep cleans (part of the clean and jerk, one of the two lifts used in Olympic weightlifting). Female athletes began at a whopping 215 lbs and worked all the way up to 265 lbs—where Toomey, again, snagged first place, edging out runner-up Barnhart who failed at 265 lbs.
And every year, Toomey widens the gap between her and her opponents; in 2017, she edged out second-place finisher, Kara Webb, by just two points, and in 2018, she beat Laura Horvath by 64 points. This year, however, there were a whopping 195 points between her and second-place Kristin Holte. (Pssst: You'll never guess what Toomey eats for breakfast on a competition day.)
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