2022 CrossFit Games Event Eight “Rinse N’ Repeat” Results — Lucy Campbell Swims To The Win
Campbell scored the first Games win of her career in her CrossFit Games debut.
The fourth day of the 2022 CrossFit Games in Madison, WI, was fueled with drama. Athletes knew the first event would be a combination of ski ergs and swimming. They also knew that the top of both Individual leaderboards were unstable.
Five-time Fittest Woman on Earth® Tia-Clair Toomey assumed the position of the overall leader after a stellar performance on Day Three to make up for a lackluster Day One. Mal O’Brien sat 44 points behind her in second overall after sitting atop the leaderboard for the first two days.
Ricky Garard‘s return to the Games following the service of his four-year doping suspension involved wearing the leader’s jersey through all three days of competition thus far. He still held the overall lead entering event eight, but defending Fittest Man on Earth® Justin Medeiros had the momentum entering the day after making up 62 points of his deficit to Garard on the overall leaderboard in Event Seven.
Event Eight — “Rinse N’ Repeat” Results
Here are the full results:
Individual Women’s Results
- Lucy Campbell — 138 calories
- Amanda Barnhart — 134 calories
- Laura Horvath — 133 calories
- Tia-Clair Toomey — 131 calories
- Kara Saunders — 130 calories
- Haley Adams — 129 calories
- Matilde Garnes — 129 calories
- Mal O’Brien — 128 calories
- Arielle Loewen — 128 calories
- Brooke Wells — 127 calories
Individual Men’s Results
Individual Men’s heats are forthcoming.
Event Eight — Rinse N’ Repeat
Every two minutes:
*Add two calories each round for six rounds, then complete as many calories as possible for rounds seven and eight.
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Event Eight Recap
The Women’s first heat got underway, and it was apparent that there was a skill gap across the heat when it came to swimming. Kato, Powers, Speegle, and Freyová were in the lead early, as the entire heat got through the buy-in round one. Kato, Powers, and Freyová emerged first from the water in the second round to tackle their 10-calorie round on the ski erg.
Every athlete in the heat remained for round three. Those with a lot of swimming experience chose to perform flip-turns at one end of the pool. Those who were less experienced used open turns. The former is faster, but the latter allows for an additional breath before freestyling back down the pool.
Round four began, and no one was eliminated yet, though Fuliano only had six seconds to space after completing the round three ski erg. Round five retained all athletes, but Spencer, Kaya, and Fuliano were on the edge of elimination. Round six was the first round without a full field — Fuliano, Kaya, and Spencer didn’t make it through round five.
Round six claimed Fuselier, and round seven ran without her. Freyová and Kato tossed the lead back and forth in the first round for max calories. Freyová finished three calories ahead by the final swim. Powers had the fastest swim in the final round and got to work on the erg to make up a four-calorie deficit to Freyová.
Kato took over the lead by a single calorie and sought to maintain it for the final 20 seconds. Ultimately, she scored 124 calories — enough to win the heat in a tie with Ellie Turner.
Women’s Heat Two
Toomey was featured in heat two and is historically dominant in pool events at the Games. She was flanked in the center lane of the pool by Lawson and O’Brien. Kato and Turner’s calorie count of 124 was the mark to beat. Toomey cleared the first swim in 35 seconds.
The swim times stayed consistent as Toomey cleared the second swim in 35 seconds, as did Adams. Everyone in the heat cleared the calorie requirement with more than 20 seconds to rest on the apron of the pool. Toomey was out of the third swim in 36 seconds and continued to lead the field even though most of the event was about survival, not pace.
The 36-second swim was repeated by Toomey in round four. Adams, Brandon, and O’Brien stayed on pace with Toomey, and it seemed as though swim times would not be the determining factor for who reaches the top of the leaderboard in this event.
Barnhart, Toomey, O’Connell, and Campbell emerged out of the water first in round five. Everyone in the heat completed the ski erg in time to enter the pool for round six. Barnhart took a slight lead after the swim, but anyone who cleared 18 calories on the ski erg would advance to the rounds for max calories, where the event will be won or lost.
All 20 athletes in the heat made it to round six to compete for max calories. Barnhart and Campbell were out of the pool in their fastest swim times thus far. Toomey turned on the jets, as did Horvath, and they reached within a few calories of Campbell’s lead. Barnhart stayed in the mix for first place.
Campbell furthered her lead in the final swim, taking a seven-calorie lead over Toomey. Barnhart was between them, and Horvath was pulling the ski erg at a rate of 1,400 calories per hour to make big moves in the final 30 seconds. It was clear that Kato and Turner’s heat one calorie counts would not hold. Campbell took the event win with 138 calories.
[Related: Kealan Henry Withdraws From the 2022 CrossFit Games on Day Three]
Day Four Continues
Events nine and 10 are scheduled for 2:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. CDT, respectively. There will be a cut of the bottom 10 athletes in each Individual division on the overall leaderboard after event 10. The final day of competition on Aug. 7, 2022, has three events scheduled before the Fittest on Earth® are crowned.
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