This is part 2 in our statistical breakdown of the CrossFit Open. You can read part 1 here.


Statistically speaking…

The short answer: you have to be pretty damn fit.

We often hear the “top 1%” stat thrown around. Turns out, it’s lower than that. There are 720 individual athletes across nine regions. With 307,540 athletes completing all six WODs (both RX and scaled) it’s more like 0.2%.

If you want to get really technical, since only athletes completing WODs RX are eligible, it’s more like 0.4%. So let’s just settle on the top 1/2 percent.

OK, but put that in terms of actual fitness.

See Figures 1 and 2 below, where we’ve charted the average performance on each WOD across the 18 regions so you can see how you stack up.

The bottom line: the average finish in every region on every workout is in the top 100 regionally, male and female. Many are in the top 50.

Consistency is key. You can have an Ok WOD, and if you’re Josh Bridges you can have one bad WOD like his 337th place finish on 18.2a, but unless you plan on getting top 10 on every other workout you won’t make it, like Dakota Rager.

What about them old people?

Competing for the title of Fittest on Earth is a young person’s game, but it’s not as young as you might think.

The average age of a male qualifier from both the Canada East and Mid Atlantic Regions is 26-years-old, which is the youngest. The oldest average is 29 in the West Region.

For the women, the youngest regions are Asia, Europe North and South Central, which all tied at 27-years-old. The oldest was 31 in the West Region. As you can see though, only four years age difference separates all the region and non are under 25.

As far as the true masters are concerned, 36 Masters athletes qualified for Regionals — 8 men and 28 women. Eight female athletes were in the top 100 worldwide.

FUN FACT: The oldest qualifier is 42-year-old Helen Harding from the Australasia Region. The oldest male is 38-year-old Alexandre Jolivet from the South West Region.


Fig. 1: Average Female Performances

A region by region analysis of how the qualifying athletes performed on average across the six scored events.

1
2018 CrossFit Open
2
18.1 18.2 18.2a 18.3 18.4 18.5
3
SCORE PLACE SCORE PLACE SCORE PLACE SCORE PLACE SCORE PLACE SCORE PLACE
4
West Regional West 387 38 4:46 41 223 69 17:35 41 8:22 39 166 31
5
Canada West 378 6 4:44 5 212 29 17:39 10 8:30 5 162 6
6
South Regional South West 383 17 4:56 22 217 53 17:46 17 8:34 21 159 17
7
South Central 380 21 4:44 19 218 61 18:00 22 8:06 17 163 22
8
Central Regional North Central 385 18 4:49 29 221 61 17:46 27 8:41 25 161 24
9
Central East 383 20 4:58 41 224 45 17:51 25 8:22 21 166 14
10
Atlantic Regional Mid Atlantic 387 21 4:41 25 216 73 17:58 38 8:21 20 165 18
11
South East 383 20 4:58 41 224 45 18:00 25 8:22 21 166 14
12
East Regional Canada East 395 13 4:39 19 230 20 17:28 14 7:59 10 170 12
13
North East 383 28 4:50 38 226 38 18:15 65 8:44 33 164 27
14
Meridian Regional
Middle East Africa
369 16 5:08 16 217 17 18:21 14 8:55 13 152 15
15
Europe South 377 21 4:53 17 216 28 18:27 18 8:59 16 155 15
16
Pacific Regional Asia 358 12 5:11 16 203 28 18:48 9 9:07 7 146 9
17
Australasia 382 28 4:50 47 217 54 17:45 30 8:33 26 161 28
18
Europe Regional Europe North 393 31 4:43 37 226 29 17:33 20 7:58 17 161 22
19
Europe Central 383 32 4:51 34 220 28 18:11 23 8:37 18 158 17
20
Latin America Regional Central America 356 13 5:17 19 217 23 19:16 21 9:26 20 150 18
21
South America 367 25 4:55 29 221 41 18:53 27 9:06 25 163 20

 

Fig. 2: Average Male Performance

A region by region analysis of how the qualifying athletes performed on average across the six scored events.

1
2018 CrossFit Open
2
18.1 18.2 18.2a 18.3 18.4 18.5
3
SCORE PLACE SCORE PLACE SCORE PLACE SCORE PLACE SCORE PLACE SCORE PLACE
4
West Regional West 435 59 4:23 49 337 97 16:28 49 8:35 38 170 32
5
Canada West 450 6 4:25 10 332 16 16:21 10 8:07 3 168 4
6
South Regional South West 428 27 4:32 26 333 72 16:59 40 8:38 21 162 21
7
South Central 432 38 4:24 30 339 81 16:43 28 8:41 41 169 18
8
Central Regional North Central 440 49 4:28 53 346 81 16:16 38 8:35 38 168 32
9
Central East 440 34 4:14 20 351 42 15:56 22 8:18 29 175 18
10
Atlantic Regional Mid Atlantic 439 25 4:33 59 341 63 16:40 28 8:41 27 161 34
11
South East 436 23 4:22 35 337 75 16:28 42 8:09 33 166 31
12
East Regional Canada East 450 17 4:17 25 348 25 15:59 22 8:03 17 172 18
13
North East 435 40 4:26 42 345 49 16:36 42 8:23 38 167 38
14
Meridian Regional
Middle East Africa
430 19 4:42 30 328 53 16:57 16 8:55 15 159 18
15
Europe South 437 40 4:27 34 326 55 16:38 37 8:57 37 164 33
16
Pacific Regional Asia 431 13 4:34 21 335 27 16:55 23 8:41 13 163 11
17
Australasia 439 36 4:26 48 330 66 16:14 38 8:30 36 167 25
18
Europe Regional Europe North 450 47 4:18 35 343 41 16:11 32 8:11 18 168 27
19
Europe Central 438 52 4:27 38 334 47 16:44 53 8:50 27 165 25
20
Latin America Regional Central America 413 12 4:47 23 327 39 17:40 34 9:13 18 153 21
21
South America 415 35 4:28 46 332 67 17:38 55 9:01 35 162 44

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