The singles rankings heated up as defending Fittest Man on Earth® champion Justin Medeiros closed the gap between him and overall leader Ricky Garard for the second straight event. However, Roman Khrennikov, in third overall, scored a big event win in Event 8, pushing him just 21 points behind Medeiros.
Tia-Clair Toomey took fourth place in Event 8, extending her overall lead over Mal O’Brien. It would be an amazing turn of events if Toomey somehow admitted that this led to O’Brien in the last five events. However, anything is possible, as Toomey’s stumble showed on day one. Ultimately, O’Brien took a three-point break from Toomey’s overall lead.
Event Nine – “Hat-trick” results
Here are the full results:
Results of each woman
- Ellie Turner — 3:55.94
- Mal O’Brien — 4:04.66
- Tia Clair Toomey — 4:08.66
- Danielle Brandon — 4:08.80
- Kara Saunders — 4:10.73
- Gabriela Migala — 4:15.81
- Paige Semenza — 4:19.35
- Laura Horvath — 4:19.41
- Emma Lawson — 4:20.22
- Amanda Barnhart — 4:20.61
Results of each man
- Guilherme Malheiros — 3:44.18
- Justin Medeiros — 4:01.83
- Dallin pepper — 4:06.23
- Nick mathew — 4:07.78
- Brent Fikowsky — 4:08.70
- Lazar Djukic — 4:08.82
- Roman Chrennikov — 4:11.24
- Tudor Magda — 4:12.96
- Jeffrey Adler — 4:14.48
- Patrick Velner — 4:14.77
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Event Nine – Hat trick
Three laps with a total time of:
Rest four minutes between rounds.
Women: 14-pound ball to 11 feet, snatch 70-pound dumbbell | Men: 20-pound ball at 12 feet, snatch 100-pound dumbbell
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Summary of Event Nine
The commentary team identified technique and intensity as key metrics to convert the best times. The goal was to move fast and use the four minutes between laps to recover. The runs were such that the opposite run was performed during each other’s rest period.
Turner made it through the wall balls first to move through the snatches. She crossed the finish line at 1:17, eight seconds ahead of Prevost in second place. The second run of athletes sprinted across the field, with the majority hitting the wall balls after about 15 seconds.
Toomey fumbled her first wall ball shot but recovered well to get through the rest of the event smoothly. She and O’Brien moved through the snaps in sync. Toomey crossed the finish line just ahead of O’Brien and won the first lap.
The first run went back to the starting line for round two. The general sprint across the field was about two seconds faster than the previous run. Turner made it to the dumbbells first for a second straight round. She crossed the finish line at 1:15. Choi crossed 10 seconds later.
According to commentator Niki Brazier, the 90-degree heat felt “sweltering” as lap two began for heat two. Toomey, O’Brien, O’Connell and Horvath got to the Snatches first. Toomey was two steps ahead of O’Brien, enough to cross the finish line in first place for the second straight lap.
Turner wanted to go three-for-three in heat one. She cleared wallballs to the 50-second mark and got to work on the snatches. She crossed the finish line first and completed the hat trick. Her time on lap three was 1:18.36.
Toomey missed her first wallball shot of the final round and got another no-rep moments later. That was the opening Mal O’Brien needed. She made it through the snatches and crossed the finish line first, followed by Brandon.
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Malheiros was the first athlete in the dumbbell snatches, crossing the finish line in under 1:20. Pepper passed Greashaber’s side six seconds later. Zenoni was given a time limit and was sifted into another heat that didn’t allow him to compete for the higher ranks.
In heat two, Medeiros crossed the finish line first at 1:20, just behind Malheiros’ time in heat one. Garard only crossed four seconds after Medeiros. The commentary team suggested that Garard conducted the first round a little more conservatively than he should. Ultimately, there was a deficit of four seconds on Medeiros.
Heat One athletes got back on the ground. Fikowski increased his intensity to keep up with Malheiros and bounced through his wall balls. The duo went in sync with the snatches, but Malheiros’ cycle rate was too fast to overcome. Malheiros improved once on his lap by about six seconds.
The second lap for heat two was a race between Medeiros and Khrennikov for first. Medeiros scored a second-round win, although still slower than Malheiros. Khrennikov was second in the round while Garard was 10th in the heat. It appeared that this event was another important opportunity for Medeiros and Khrennikov to gain ground on Garard in the overall standings.
Malheiros was the overall leader of the event as he stormed the field for the third round. He was first out of the rig and cleared the dumbbell snatches with no problem. He crossed the finish line to score the hat trick and almost claim the event win. Fikowski did a solid job in the event running alongside Malheiro but didn’t have the pace in the snatch to overtake the Brazilian.
Medeiros finished wall balls a full rep ahead of Garard. The defending champion didn’t give up time in the snatch and Medeiros completed the hat-trick in heat two. It wasn’t enough to overtake Malheiros, but it was enough to take the overall lead in the competition from Garard.
Another on the fourth day
Event 10 is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. CDT. After Event 10 there will be an average of the bottom 10 athletes in each individual class on the overall rankings. On the final day of competition on August 7, 2022, three events are scheduled before the Fittest on Earth® is crowned.
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