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Katrín Tanja Wins World CrossFit Games, Again

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Katrín Tanja Wins World CrossFit Games, Again

Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, winner of 2016 CrossFit Games.

Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir celebrates the results of the 2016 CrossFit Games. Photo: CrossFit Games/Facebook.

Icelandic athlete Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir defended her 2015 title World’s Fittest Woman by winning the CrossFit Games in California last night. She follows in the footsteps of her countrywoman Annie Mist Þórisdóttir, CrossFit world champion in 2011 and 2012.

Katrín Tanja, now 23 years old, was interviewed for the 0515 issue of Iceland Review magazine after her first win last year. “I’ve always been very competitive. When I was a kid, everything had to be a competition. I competed against my brother and against the other boys,” she said.

She started practicing CrossFit in 2011 after Annie Mist became the first Icelander to win the world games. “In Iceland, girls aren’t afraid of being strong. We’re looked up to. People see that we’re just pretty girls in good shape,” Katrín Tanja commented in the interview.

Last night, Katrín Tanja earned a total of 984 points, while the runner-up, Tia-Clair Toomey from Australia, had a score of 973. Another Icelander, Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdóttir, placed third with 919 points, ruv.is reports.

Katrín Tanja won a prize of ISK 34 million (USD 280,000, EUR 255,000) and a handgun from Glock—which she cannot take home to Iceland with her. Glock is one of the competition’s biggest sponsors, and their decision to give a handgun to the winner has proven highly controversial.

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