PROUD AUSSIE: Gladstone's Tia-Clair Toomey takes the podium for Australia, finishing second at the CrossFit Games. She will now prepare for weightlifting at the Rio Olympics.
PROUD AUSSIE: Gladstone's Tia-Clair Toomey takes the podium for Australia, finishing second at the CrossFit Games. She will now prepare for weightlifting at the Rio Olympics. Tia-Clair Toomey

Gladstone’s Toomey gains silver in World CrossFit games in California

GLADSTONE product Tia-Clair Toomey will head to the Rio Olympics next week as the second-fittest woman on Earth after competing in a series of gruelling events in California.

The 22-year-old was on Monday recognised as the runner-up at the World CrossFit Games, finishing behind Icelandic 23-year-old Katrin Tanja Davidsdottit for the second straight year.

Now, after five days of tough competition, she’s got to take on the globe’s best weightlifters in Brazil.

“I really feel that CrossFit and weightlifting complement each other,” she said.

“I didn’t have to train specifically for one or the other.

“My partner (Shane Orr) and I combined them (because) weightlifting is a large influence in CrossFit. So I just went for it.”

Toomey was atop the leader-board leading into the final day of the cross-fit games before finishing on 973 points behind Davidsdottir (984).

She was elated to claim second place.

“I’m really happy. It’s such an honour to be able to sit up here with all of these talented athletes. I’ve had the best time of my life,” she said.

Competitors could see the scores being updated throughout the event.

“The workouts were really well placed throughout the weekend and I just had a ball and tried not to look at the leader-board,” she said.

Toomey owns a gym and started weightlifting in earnest less than three years ago.

She quickly made her mark in the sport and will next week compete in the women’s 58kg section at Rio.

She will be the only Australian woman to take part in the discipline there after qualifying with a total lift of 194kg at the Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Fiji in May.

She expects the Europeans to be hard to beat at the Olympics and said a top-20 result would be a good result.

Meanwhile, Davidsdottit was delighted to defend her title.

“I can’t put it into words. I think I need a few more days to at least let it sink in,” Davidsdottit said.



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