Torian Pro Day 2 recap: Vets Newbury, Brown, Boon, Beath and Sturt move up the rankings with an epic final day
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All three divisions kicked off the second day with a version of the Hann memorial training. And with 300 points on the line on Saturday, there was a ton of movement and shaking at the Patrick Rafter Arena in Brisbane yesterday.
Distribution of individual women’s events:
Event 3: Hann
- Courtney Haley and Alethea Boon, took both of the first three times coming out of the third inning.
- Haley finally won the event in a dazzling 8:42 am; almost 30 seconds faster than second place Boon.
- Simone Arthur, Madeline Sturt and Laken Watt take third but fifth to complete the top five.
Event 4: Double trouble
- Jade williams set the pace early and finished fourth in the event finishing in 10:51
- Kara Saunders (9:23 a.m.), Laura Clifton (9:24 a.m.) and Ellie Turner (9:55 a.m.) had an exciting finish in which Saunders edged out Clifton by one second and Turner sailed just behind them for the third of the event.
Event 5: Clean ladder and shake
- Five Women (Bailey Rogers, Saunders, Anniko Roberts, Clifton and Olivia Kelly all of them erase the last 111 kg / 244 lb bar on the scale.
- It was their order of arrival based on the top breaker, which was how quickly they lifted the last bar.
- Turner took sixth place in solo in the event by successfully lifting the bar of 109 kg / 239 pounds
- Courtney Haley, Jessica Coughlan and Laken Watt all gave up a lot of points, the harem is probably not in the running for one of the Games spots
Women’s ranking after the second day:
- Kara Saunders (464)
- Laura Clifton (380)
- Ellie Turner (360)
- Alethea Boon (348)
- Christee Bishop (340)
- Justin Beath (337)
- Madeline Sturt (335)
- Simone Arthur (326)
- Bailey Rogers (307)
- Laken Watt (296)
- Saunders continued to dominate taking the 6th, 1st and 2nd rounds of the day, opening up an 84-point lead for herself before the final day.
- Clifton and Turner each struggled on the first test of the day (finishing 17th and 25th), but bounced back with finishes of 2nd / 3rd and 3rd / 6th to place in the other two qualifying positions with only two tests left.
- Beath and sturt climbed the rankings and got within reach (6th and 7th places) to complete an epic comeback tomorrow.
- Sturt has done this before, twice she came from outside the top 28 on Saturday to claim a ticket to the Games, the only difference was that there were five spots available in those years, and this time there are only three.
Breakdown of individual men’s events:
Event 3: Hann
- Royce Dunne (7:02) and Luke De Jonge (7:17) ahead of previous highlights of James Newbury (7:29), John Champion (7:39) and Bayley Martin (7:40) to take first and second places in the first event of the day.
- Bayden Brown (19th) and Khan Porter (23rd) struggled on this one, and at that point the outcome for the weekend as a whole looked rather bleak.
Event 4: Double trouble
- Porter (9:41) and Brown (9:46) redeemed themselves with second and third place arrivals.
- But it was De Jonge who won the event to finish in 9:28 and to propel itself in the first place of the general classification for the moment.
- This time it was Dunne who stumbled, take the 17th on an event, it looked like he should have done well.
Event 5: Clean and Jerk Ladder
- Jake Standen, Brandon Swan and Evan Morris are the only three men to cross the final bar of 161 kg / 354 pounds.
- Several more were close, but it was Dunne who probably should have had it the most.
- He went for the victory trying to raise the final bar quickly and ultimately failed twice; I hope he does not see these points as a missed opportunity tomorrow.
Men’s ranking after the second day:
- Jay Crouch (368)
- Luke De Jonge (366)
- Royce Dunne (361)
- Luc Fiso (356)
- James Newbury (344)
- Bayden Brown (338)
- William Kearney (314)
- Khan Porter (306)
- Bayley Martin (285)
- Jack Clark (277)
- Crouch finished 8th, 9th and 10th on the day, but while everyone had a relatively bad event, his consistency propelled him to number one on the last day.
- Half of the top ten are 22 or younger, with two of them, Crouch and De Jonge, in the top two positions with only two events remaining.
- A trio of 30+ men breathe down their necks, including Newbury who rose from the third inning to fifth and is just 17 points out of a position at the Games.
- With impending wheelhouse drive in the seventh event, is there enough time left for Porter to get into the top three?
As Day 2 of the Torian Pro approached, all eyes remained on the battle between Team Urban and 64 Army Gold, who were five points apart in the leaderboard before the first event on Day 2.
Event 1: Hann The second day at Torian pro started with some gymnastic work for the teams. Three laps for the time of a 100-foot balanced walk, four people synchronized from toes to the bar and a 30-foot worm lunge.
- Looking at yesterday’s event, it looked like Team Urban, who wasn’t interrupted on the synchro bar muscles in Amanda ’21, would be strong contenders for a top finish in this workout.
- However, it was CrossFit Awaside that blew the rest of the peloton away. with the next fastest team, 64 Army Gold, finishing just 15 seconds behind them.
- Another remarkable finish, was Rec Gym Black, who currently sits in 16th place, took a 5th place to disrupt the standings.
Tests 2 and 3: Clean ladder and jerk men and women
- Come to this event, all eyes were on the teams that finished first in the quarterfinal showdown (a front squat max of 4 reps), including 64 Army Gold who came first and Starr Strength Botany who came second.
- The final dumbbells lifted in the men’s division comes down to a fight between 64 Army Gold and Urban CrossFit. However, Glenn Cole is said to be the furthest away, with Adam Mansy beating 154 kg / 338 lbs.
- Reilly Smith of CrossFit Newstead would, however, move the farthest up the scale, failing only the final bar.
- Perhaps the most impressive in the women’s division, was Kate Gordon, the Power cleaning her way through every lift and becoming the first female on the team to complete the ladder for the Reebok CrossFit Frankston team.
- In the end, Star Strength Botany would come home with the heaviest combination lifts for men and Reebok CrossFit Frankston for women.
The battle of the last day: Currently, the battle for the teams is in the last three qualifying places for the CrossFit Games before the final day.
- Awaside, Reebok CrossFit Frankston and 64 Army Steel remain tied with 380 points respectively in 3rd, 4th and 5th (broken only by tiebreakers).
- However, these three teams have firmly locked themselves in the top five, Wiser 1 Phoenix leads this trio of teams by 20 points before day three.
Classification of the teams after the second day:
- 64 Army Gold (465)
- Urban athletics (440)
- Awaside (380)
- Reebok CrossFit Frankston (380)
- Army Steel 64 (380)
- Wiser Phoenix 1 (360)
- CrossFit Newstead (335)
- Star Force Botany (320)
- Crew of Injustice (260)
- Army Indigo 64 (230)
The big picture: Thirty points separate the top six men, forty-five points separate the women two to seven, and three teams are tied for third place with another team just twenty points behind. All three divisions are ready for mind-blowing finishes and quick calculations in the back of the towel after tomorrow’s final as only three men, women and teams will win an invitation to the Games, and there are only two more events left. before the dust settles.
How to watch:
- Last day action start again 9:00 a.m. local time (7:00 p.m. EST / 4:00 p.m. PST) for teams.
- People to speak for the last time at 12:00 p.m. local time (10:00 p.m. EST / 7:00 p.m. PST). With the final set for 3:00 p.m. local time (1:00 a.m. EST / 10:00 p.m. PST).
- Head to CrossFit Games Youtube, or games.crossfit.com to catch all the action.