Grieving CrossFitter Tia-Clair Toomey wins Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold

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The 17-year-old had been planning to watch Toomey compete, but was a passenger in a car that crashed into a tree on the Sunshine Coast.

“It was a lot of shock because it was quite a sudden accident and something no one in our family expected,” Toomey said.

“I haven’t actually had a chance to really grieve or process it because I had a job to do when I came here.

“Now, I guess when I see my family, and she’s not there, it’s pretty sad … she’ll always be in my heart.”

Toomey went toe-to-toe with Darsigny throughout and sat 1kg adrift following the snatch section.

But the Canadian’s best of 112kg on her final lift was only good enough for a combined 200kg.

Toomey upped the ante on her rival with each lift, comfortably conquering 107kg, then 111kg, before completing the required 114kg.

She said it was impossible to compare Commonwealth gold with her CrossFit crown.

“There is really no comparison because they’re so different,” she said.

“Winning the CrossFit Games was unbelievable, but winning it here in front of my home crowd on the platform was just spectacular.”

The result is a huge improvement on Toomey’s 14th-place finish at the Rio Olympics, only her third international weightlifting competition after the childhood track talent added the sport to her CrossFit repertoire.

And while it showed her she has the potential do something special at Tokyo 2020, the focus for now is defending her CrossFit crown.

“Of course I’d really love to be able to train hard and perform like that, if not better, at the Olympics.

“But my next focus is trying to, in June, go to the CrossFit Games again.”

Toomey finished 12th in the just-completed worldwide CrossFit Open – three places behind Kiwi Jamie Greene – and third in the Australasian region to qualify for the Pacific qualifying competition in Sydney from June 1-3. The CrossFit Games will again be held in Madison, Wisconsin, from August 1-5.

 – AAP

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