Torian Pro Day 3 Recap: First Men, Women, Teams Punch Tickets for 2021 NoBull CrossFit Games
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With the conclusion of the Torian Pro at Patrick Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia, we now have our first three men’s, women’s and team qualifiers for the 2021 NoBull CrossFit Games. All three divisions were tight until the final, but in the end only three from each division got what they came here this weekend.
Kara Saunders (660 points): Frankly, there is no surprise here. However, every athlete, regardless of their performance or past expectations, needs to show up and get the job done. Kara did just that. With nothing worse than a 6th place finish and three event wins, Saunders was the class of the peloton and also sends a message opposite longtime rival Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr at the MACC this weekend. With the two eternal contenders receiving an invitation to the Games in the first week, they will have maximum time to prepare for each other in a few months
Laura Clifton (564 points): Now qualified for the Games for a second consecutive season, Clifton validates her podium last year at the Australian Crossfit Championships. She amassed four top-three rankings, including a victory in Event 6 to start the final day of competition. More than any other athlete, Clifton challenged Saunders on some events throughout the weekend. These battles provided great drama, but also demonstrated Clifton’s world-class prowess on specific training styles, making him a fun factor and potentially influencing some testing at the Games this summer.
Ellie Turner (532 points): As the Torian Pro got closer and closer, more and more people were talking about Ellie Turner taking one of the qualifying spots. Turns out it was for good reason. Turner has had her fair share of struggles this weekend and will want to tackle some of them over the next few months as despite them she’s been phenomenal on just about everything else. On the back of six top-seven rankings, she fully deserves the invitation to the 2021 CrossFit Games she won this weekend.
Royce Dunne (549 points): When you finish in the top four in over seventy percent of workouts, there’s only one place you’re going to end up, and that’s on the podium with an invitation to the CrossFit Games. Even with so many great performances, including second and third place in both events on the final day, it’s Dunne’s categorical dismantling of Hann’s memorial practice on Saturday morning that stands out as one reason fans should be delighted to see this man in Madison this year. He’s already won an event at the Games, don’t be surprised to see him shuffle again on a few tests at the end of July.
Jay Crouch (548 points): Although many choose him for a third place after winning both the Open and the quarterfinals in Oceania, it must be feeling very good for young Jay Crouch. At 22, he is now competing in his second consecutive CrossFit Games. In a way, this performance validates his victory at the Australian Crossfit Championships last season. He has now beaten James Newbury and Bayden Brown, who were previously the men to beat in the region, in back-to-back live competitions. In the quest to be the fittest in his region, all that remains is to do it live at the Games this summer.
Bayden Brown (538 points): Much like Turner on the women’s side, a few imperfections looked like they could keep Brown from qualifying this year. But, back-to-back events win on the final day, coupled with a win in the event all the way back in the event a Leash Brown with a pretty impressive weekend when all is said and done. This is his third consecutive trip to the CrossFit Games where he will look to leave a mark this year after winning just one event in 2019 and being forced to compete online in 2020.
Two close races emerged as the weekend wore on for Oceania’s top teams. 64 Army Gold and Urban fought for first place, while Awaside and Reebok CrossFit Frankston were stranded in a bigger duel for last place at the Games. In the end, only three of the four were able to advance.
64 Army Gold (630 points):
- Two victories in the events, including the final, give the tiebreaker to 64 Army Gold and make them the winners of the Oceania team competition this weekend.
- This will be the first trip to the Games for their team, but also for the four team members (Marnie Sykes, Madeline Shelling, Clink Kohl, David Wiggin).
- The decision of their two female athletes refusing individual competition seems to have borne fruit. They’ve focused on making it to the Games as a team this season, and having been in a qualifying position all weekend, that’s exactly what they’ve done.
Urban team (630 points):
- Take the second on a tie-break is somewhat appropriate for Team Urban who placed second in six of seven training sessions this weekend.
- It is also Urban’s first trip to the Games as a team, with only Katelin Van Zyl having individual Games experience. It will be the first time at the Games for the rest of their team.
Awaside (565 points):
- Three event wins (Amanda 21, Hann and Worm Burpee) this weekend propel Awaside to third and final place in the Games ahead of Reebok CrossFit Frankston.
- Again this will be their first time at the Games for the four Awaside members who will join gym owner and head coach Laura Clifton in Madison.
The big picture: Torian Pro has done a great job in all respects when it comes to setting the tone for what this semi-final format can be. The competition was entertaining in all three divisions, culminating in tight races, and qualifying for the pinnacle of the sport, the NoBull CrossFit Games 2021:
|2021 Oceania Games Qualifiers|
|In law||Men||Women||The teams|
|1||Royce Dunne||Kara saunders||64 Army Gold|
|2||Jay crouch||Laura Clifton||Urban|
|3||Bayden brown||Ellie Turner||Awaside|
And, in the men’s and women’s divisions, a few other athletes have earned the right to have a last chance in the last chance qualifier which will take place virtually in early July.
|Last Chance Qualifying Athletes|
|4||James newbury||Alethea boon|
|5||Luke Fiso||Madeline Sturt|
|6||Khan porter||Justine beath|