Earlier today, the 2017 Fittest Woman On Earth? Tia-Clair Toomey walked away having a gold within the 58kg weight class at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Toomey finished her performance having a personal best 87kg snatch along with a 114kg clean & jerk, which earned her a 201kg total.
Throughout most of the competition, Canadian weightlifter Tali Darsigny was ahead of Toomey by 1kg. In the snatch, she hit 88kg, and ended up finishing having a PR 112kg clean & jerk, giving her a 200kg total. It appeared she had the gold until Toomey called for her final 114kg clean & jerk, which would edge Darsigny out by 1kg and award her the silver medal.
You might have already seen the tragic report floating around, but if you haven’t, just a little over a week ago Toomey’s teenage cousin tragically died in a vehicle crash in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Toomey’s cousin, Jade Dixson, was one of three who passed within the crash, coupled with planned in the future watch and support Toomey at the Games.
Leading as much as and also at the Games, Toomey told Australian media outlets, “This is perfect for her,”?“lifting for her-she’ll be on my small side” and “I’ll have her in my heart come game day.”
Yesterday, in Toomey’s latest Instagram video she wrote, “Last session before I hit the platform tomorrow night and I’m so excited. Representing my country on the world stage is truly an honour then one I have worked so difficult for. Thank-you a lot for the ongoing support and that i hope I do all of you proud. To you Jadey!”
Toomey’s weightlifting and CrossFit careers have both hit new heights in the last two years. Toomey also represented Australia in weightlifting at the 2016 Rio Olympics.