The sun set on the second Sanctionals event of the CrossFit Games season as the Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival concluded Sunday. After three days of competition under the sun, rain and city lights of Miami, Patrick Vellner, Tia-Clair Toomey and the team from Romwod/WIT earned themselves invites to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games.
The second-fittest man on Earth, Patrick Vellner, made his Sanctionals debut as one of the clear favorites and became the second man to earn a spot at the 2019 Games. The Canadian superstar from Toronto proved as cool as the weather he left behind when he made the trip to Miami by finishing every single day of competition in the overall lead.
By the time Vellner took the floor for the finale, the full-time chiropractic student had amassed a 130-point lead over second place, making the final event merely a victory lap, which he nonetheless managed to win to close out the weekend. The last two years at the Games, Vellner has had to battle back from adversity in the form of poor finishes or near-catastrophic spills, but this weekend he was the model of consistency as the only athlete to finish every event inside the top 10.