For a brief moment, the friends, family and supporters of Tia-Clair Toomey held their breath.
Had she won the 2017 CrossFit Games, or was she going to be the runner-up for the third year in a row?
Five minutes earlier, it had seemed quite simple for the Weipa product.
Toomey needed to do two things – finish in time and beat home compatriot Kara Webb.
If she did both of those things, she would be crowned the champ and be known as the world’s fittest woman.
All was going to plan in the last stage, called the Fibonacci Final, until the dying seconds.
Toomey held a lead over Webb and looked like edging her out, but stumbled at the finish line.
Webb, breathing down her neck, saw the mistake and took advantage.
She managed to reach for the stage and pip Toomey by less than a second – 0.19 of a second to be exact.
But Webb was only seventh overall, while Toomey was eighth.
Toomey held a six-point lead over Webb heading into that event.
As the points distribution for the final event was kept a secret, no one knew who had won until it was announced.
But minutes later it was revealed Toomey had managed to sneak home by just two points, winning with 994 points in Wisconsin.
“I just want to thank everyone, all my supporters, my team, Shane (fiance Shane Orr),” Toomey said with tears in her eyes.
“All the phenomenal athletes to compete against them is fantastic it makes me better.
“Kara (Webb), Annie (Thorisdottir) they are everything, they are a beautiful amazing people. I’m so overwhelmed right now, I don’t know what I’m saying.”
CrossFit Games director Dave Castro brought the two Australian women together and, after a tense few minutes, he announced Toomey as the winner.
“Ten times better. Like 100 times better,” Toomey said when asked whether it was better than Olympic Games selection.
Toomey told the media that she had idolised Webb.
“When I first started CrossFit, I looked up to Kara Webb,” she said.
Webb added the one-two result was great for Australia.
When you put two Aussie chicks together like that, we don’t know how to hold back,” Webb said.
“We love our sport. We love our country. I feel so incredibly proud of Tia.”
Toomey and Orr, who met in Weipa, are now setting their focus on getting married.
They now live in Gladstone, where Toomey is the owner/operator of the local CrossFit centre.