With plenty of event records, comebacks, cliff-hangers and nail-biting results.
Here’s a quick catch up of the 3 week period…
-The last day of the Pacific Regional had us all on our feet.. what an exciting final day! Kara and Tia battled it out for the top 2 placings, both securing event records – Kara in event 5 and Tia with a event record in event 6 with a time of 3:56.61. Both booked their their ticket back to the games.
-Zeke Grove made the comeback of the year! He was 50 points out of 5th place going into Event 5 and he needed to absolutely haul to crawl back into qualification. His 7th place Event 5 finish followed by a 2nd place Event 6 finish was four points more than he needed to punch his ticket back to the games.
– Rob Forte is competing on a team with Reebok CrossFit Frankston, dominating all weekend taking out first place.
– James Newbury became the first male athlete to start Day 1 with two first-place finishes. Katrin Davidsdottir was the first female athlete, and was joined by Tia-Clair Toomey in the Pacific Region..
– This is Emily Bridgers 8th and final Regional competition. She has qualified for every Regional since she started CrossFit in 2011 and has qualified for the CrossFit Games every year since 2014
– Katelin Marks gave birth to a baby boy just eight months ago and was already out on the competition floor at the Pacific Regional..
-Out of the Central Regional.. You’ve likely never heard of Amanda Barnhart before. She’s never been to the CrossFit Games and this is only her second regional as an individual. She did something that no other rookie Games athlete has done his year. She won Event 4, 5, AND 6 to punch her ticket to her first CrossFit Games. After six events, she was only 30 points behind Brooke Wells and 14 points behind Kristi Eramo.
-CrossFit Mayhem and CrossFit Invictus both qualify two teams in the same region.
-Becca Voigt and Ben Smith both qualify for their 10th CrossFit Games as an individual.
-Only a handful of men across all Regions were able to complete Event 5 underneath the time cap.
-A weekend of firsts in Europe. Roman Khrennikov and Andrey Ganin became the first two Russians to ever qualify for the CrossFit Games.
-Nine-hundredths of a second is all that separated Annie Thorisdottir and Kristin Holte racing to the finish in event 4.
– Instead of dropping the barbell between snatches, Sara Sigmundsdottir carried it on her back and was the only female athlete to go unbroken.
– The pistol battle between Katrin Davidsdottir and Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault was worth the watch!
– Katrin Davidsdottir had the best regionals performance of her career, winning 5 of the 6 events and securing her hold on the East with ease.
– A different Brooke Wells showed up to the West Regional this year. She impressed with a second place in the triple 3, improving on her previous weakness of long endurance events. She followed that up with a top 10 finish on Day two in event 3, one of the most technically demanding gymnastic events of the weekend.
– Ehea Schuerch only started CrossFit 2 years ago and hasn’t looked back. The rookie impressed and secured her ticket to Maddison in the West regional.
– Regionals rookie Raymond Romanick wanted Sara Sigmundsdottir to call him, so he wore a t-shirt with his phone number on it. Watch this space if he has any luck!
NEXT STOP Madison, Wisconsin, as the world’s finest athletes showcase the heart and determination required to be named Fittest on Earth!