Fahey takes first place at CrossFit Games

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Jul 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-25 16:17:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - After three days of pushing and pulling, lifting and squatting, climbing and running, and so much more, Colleen Fahey will return to Tallahassee as the winner of the Masters Women 50-54 age group at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Fahey established herself as a contender from day one at the games. She finished the first workout in second place, but that was the only time Fahey would be looking up at anybody on the leaderboard.

After a dominating show in the second workout day one, Fahey climbed to the top of the leaderboard and never looked back through the rest of the three-day event. In all six workouts, she was the only competitor not to finish below fifth place in a single one.

That accomplishment was in serious jeopardy in the final event of the games. Fahey was racing toward the finish line, neck-and-neck with Elaine Polito, a competitor out of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Polito seemed to pull ahead with 20 yards go to, but down the final stretch, Fahey fought back to cross the finish line in stride with Polito, as the pair tied for fifth place.

Fahey first walked into a CrossFit gym nearly three years ago. As a former member of the world champion Team USA Women's Rugby squad, she was already an accomplished athlete and thought she was in pretty good shape. Now, she's 40 pounds lighter than she was then.

And a world champion yet again.