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FISHER IS FIFTH FITTEST

Manteca siblings capture top-10 finishes in CrossFit Games

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FISHER IS FIFTH FITTEST

Garret Fisher lifts weights during the CrossFit Northern California Regional in May. Fisher placed third overall to qualify for last week’s CrossFit Games in Carson, where he placed fifth in the wo...

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POSTED July 31, 2013 2:09 a.m.

Garret Fisher will have to settle for being the fifth fittest man in the planet.

The 22-year-old Mantecan had an impressive first showing in the Reebok CrossFit Games last week, placing fifth in a 46-man field consisting of the world’s best athletes in the growing sport. His sister, 19-year-old Lauren, also competed but as part of a team. She contributed to CrossFit Invictus’ seventh-place finish.

The event — which is the grand finale of a three-part series of competitions starting with the Open, then the Regionals) — took place at the StubHub Center in Carson. It wrapped up on Sunday and aired on ESPN3.

Garret earned $9,000 for his efforts and nearly earned additional cash awarded to those who place in the top three of individual events. Three-time champion Rich Froning of Tennessee took home the $275,000 prize and the title of “Fittest Man on Earth.” Runner-up honors, and the $65,000 that go with it, went to Jason Khalipa, owner of the NorCal CrossFit gym in San Jose that Fisher also trains out of.

The top 10 individual men and women earn cash rewards, as do the top three coed teams and the best performers in the 40-and-older Masters divisions.

Fisher accumulated 765 points over the 12 individual events, just five behind fourth-place Scott Panchik. Fisher proved to be one of the more well-rounded athletes in the competition, placing no worse than 27th in an exercise called the “2007,” which consists of a 1,000-meter row, five rounds of 25 pull-ups and seven push jerks. He ended up fourth in the “Row 1” with a time of 6 minutes, 37.6 seconds, was fifth in the “Burden Run,” sixth in the “Naughty Nancy,” and tied for seventh in the “Clean and Jerk” and “The Cinco 2.”

Lauren Fisher and the CrossFit Invictus contingent from San Diego showed well after winning the SoCal Regional championship. They weren’t far from a better finish, with only 22 points separating them with fourth-place CrossFit Fort Vancouver. Invictus lost considerable ground early with a 41st-place mark in the “Iditarod 1.” There were 43 teams entered in the competition. They did, however, put themselves back in the hunt with a second-place finish in the “Ascending Chipper 2.”

Lauren is a sophomore at San Diego State, where she is studying business. Garret is pursuing a business degree at San Jose State.

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